Caddie at British Open Struck by Ball, Hospitalized

The R&A, which organizes the British Open, said William Ciplinski's injuries were not serious

Marco Dawson Caddie
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Marco Dawson's caddie has been taken to hospital after being hit on the head by a tee shot from Vijay Singh during a practice round at the British Open.

The R&A, which organizes the British Open, said William Ciplinski's injuries were not serious and that he was talking and fully conscious before being transferred to hospital for overnight observation.

Ciplinski was standing on the eighth green at Royal Troon when he was hit by Singh's drive from the adjacent seventh hole. He was taken to a medical center at the course and then onto a hospital in nearby Ayr.

Dawson, a 52-year-old Champions Tour golfer, qualified for Royal Troon by winning the Senior British Open last year.

The 145th installment of the British Open begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.

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