Zanotti taken to hospital after being hit by stray shot


Medical personnel attends to Fabrizio Zanotti after he was struck by a ball in Rd. 1 of the KLM Open. (Getty)

European Tour player Fabrizio Zanotti was taken to a hospital Thursday after being struck in the head by a stray tee shot at the KLM Open.

Zanotti, who won the BMW International Open earlier this season, received treatment on the course and was taken to a hospital for further evaluation. Play in the Netherlands was suspended for nearly two hours.

Zanotti was on the 16th hole when he was hit by Alexandre Kaleka’s tee ball on the adjacent 14th. The AFP reported that Zanotti was struck in the forehead and blood began “pouring from the wound.” Fellow competitors Felipe Aguilar and Ricardo Gonzalez withdrew from the event to travel in the ambulance with Zanotti. 

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In a statement, the European Tour said that Zanotti never lost consciousness and an on-site doctor determined that he was not in any immediate danger.

“The latest report from the hospital is that all neurological tests have come back clear,” said Miguel Vidaor, tournament director for the European Tour. “We wish Fabrizio a speedy recovery.”

Later Thursday, Zanotti tweeted this:



It’s the second scary incident in the past four months on the European Tour. In May, Alastair Forsyth’s caddie, Ian McGregor, died after having a heart attack in the fairway at the Madeira Islands Open.