Two caddies injured during practice round for U.S. Open at Chambers Bay
It's getting dangerous here at Chambers Bay, and we haven't even arrived at the starting gate. Nor are we talking about bogeys and double-bogeys.
We're talking braces and stretchers.
Caddies for Henrik Stenson (Gareth Lord) and Stephen Gallacher (Damian Moore) were injured Wednesday afternoon, within a half-hour of each other.
"It's tricky out there. You've got to be careful," Stenson said. "You see that yellow grass laying down, it's dangerous."
Chambers Bay is burned out and the tall wispy grass of which Stenson speaks is not easy to navigate. Slip on it, and you'll take a good fall.
Lord was walking off of the 16th tee box when he went down. Attempting to brace his fall with his hands, he said he injured his left wrist. He immediately saw a physiotherapist and had a soft brace put on it, but he was hoping it wasn't fractured. Still, he said he'd answer the bell for Thursday's first round.
More of a question mark is Moore, who was taken from the course on a stretcher after his fall, reportedly having injured his leg.
Asked if he was worried for his safety, Stenson paused, then said he wasn't, because "we at least have spikes on." He did say he witnessed a bad fall taken by the walking scorer during a practice round earlier in the week.
Spectators were injured as they tried to navigate sandy and grass dunes during the 2010 U.S. Amateur and, to prepare for the 2015 U.S. Open, USGA officials widened the roped-off areas and even limited how many members of the media could have inside-the-ropes access.
When a reporter told Stenson that he shouldn't take offense if he doesn't see as many media folks watching him, he smiled. "No offense taken," he said. "You should stay (inside). It's safer."
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