Caddies hurt on 'dangerous' course

Emergency personnel attending to Stephen Gallacher's caddie Damien Moore after he twisted his ankle and injured himself in the rough on the sixth fairway during practice for the 115th US Open Championship at Chambers Bay.
Emergency personnel attending to Stephen Gallacher's caddie Damien Moore after he twisted his ankle and injured himself in the rough on the sixth fairway during practice for the 115th US Open Championship at Chambers Bay. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

TACOMA (Washington) - Henrik Stenson, the sixth-ranked golfer in the world, has branded Chambers Bay "dangerous" after his caddie and Stephen Gallacher's ended up in hospital because of on-course accidents during the final practice rounds for the US Open.

Stenson's caddie Gareth Lord was expected to appear for yesterday's opening round despite a fall on the 16th hole on Wednesday, which resulted in heavy strapping being applied to his wrist and a subsequent x-ray.

Shortly afterwards, Gallacher's bag man Damien Moore fell when walking in the rough on the sixth hole and twisted an ankle.

Moore ended up in a protective cast and a local caddie was placed on standby for the Scottish Ryder Cup player.

Lord and Moore are two of the most experienced and respected caddies in top-level golf.

Their incidents highlight what has perhaps been an unacknowledged danger of Chambers Bay - scorched grasses and slopes mean precarious territory for caddies and spectators alike.

The caddie fraternity are unlikely to take a positive view towards the US Open set-up, which will place significant physical demands upon them.

Stenson was quick to acknowledge such problems.

The Swede said: "It's tricky out there. You've got to be careful.

"You see that yellow grass laying down? It's dangerous."

Stenson told golfweek.com that he had witnessed a particularly bad fall by a scorer during a practice round at the start of the week.

Unlike players, caddies do not wear spiked footwear, a move taken to protect greens but which raises questions on weeks such as this.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2015, with the headline 'Caddies hurt on 'dangerous' course'. Print Edition | Subscribe