Injured Golfer Wins £400,000 Damages

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The stark reality of playing without adequate golf insurance hit home recently when a golfer was awarded £400,000 damages after being struck by a golf ball.

Anthony Phee, 44, from Manchester, told the Court of Session in Edinburgh how he had ducked and put a hand up when he heard a shout of “fore”. Mr Phee who was playing with friends at Niddry Castle Golf Club at Winchburgh, West Lothian, in 2007 said he felt his eye “explode”. Mr Phee, who now has a prosthetic eye, sued both the player who struck the shot and the golf course owner.

Mr Phee said: “No-one expects to lose an eye when they go to play golf and adjusting to partially losing my sight has been a harrowing experience. I now just want to move on with my life.
Mr Phee was walking between holes when he was hit by a shot struck by James Gordon from the 18th tee. Damages were agreed at £397,000, and, at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, Lord Brailsford said Mr Gordon, from Livingston, was 70% liable, while the club was 30% liable.

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