Caddie hospitalised after blow to the head from errant shot

The caddie for American Marco Dawson was taken to hospital on Tuesday after being hit on the head by an errant shot during a practice round for the Open Championship.

William Ciplinski was stood beside the green on the eighth hole at Royal Troon when he was hit by a ball struck from the seventh tee by three-time major winner Vijay Singh.

Tournament officials said Ciplinski was taken to a local hospital for overnight observation but was said to be talking and fully conscious after initially being taken to the on-site medical centre.

Dawson, 52, played more than 400 events on the PGA Tour without a win but qualified for the Open with victory in the Senior British Open at Sunningdale last year.

A spokesperson for NHS Ayrshire and Arran told Press Association Sport that Mr Ciplinski was in a stable condition after being taken to University Hospital, Ayr.

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Press Association Sport

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