Zanotti Injured at KLM Dutch Open
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/11/14
Play at the European Tour's KLM Dutch Open was temporarily suspended earlier today after Fabrizio Zanotti suffered a head injury. The Paraguayan golfer was hit in the head by a wayward tee-shot by French golfer Alexandre Kaleka. The scene was captured by photographers, but we have decided only to show the departing ambulance instead, out of respect for Zanotti.
Fellow tour players Felipe Aguilar and Ricardo Gonzalez not only accompanied Zanotti to the hospital, but they actually withdrew from the tournament in order to stay with him.
The accident occurred on the 16th fairway of Kennemer Golf & Country Club in the North Holland town of Zandvoort. Tournament director Miguel Vidaor later told the press that "the latest report from hospital is that all neurological tests have come back clear. We wish Fabrizio a speedy recovery."
Thankfully, Zanotti has been released from hospital and posted these updates on Twitter, the English versions of which are duplicated below:
Zanotti captured his first European Tour victory and his third professional win overall back in June, when he won the BMW International Open in a playoff over Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Grégory Havret, and Henrik Stenson.
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Two weeks off? what a pussy. My friend Cole, took a line drive directly to the face. He stumbled backward but didn't lose his footing. After the blood stopped flowing, he continued on to finish the last 13 holes of the tournament we were playing.
At the hospital they said his nose was broken and cheekbone cracked. He's one tough SOB.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Falcon, let me guess: Cole is also a hockey player. :-P
No hockey, he doesn't need a reason to fight.
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