Golfer Who Loses Eye Wins £397,000 Damages

Niddry castle golf club

A Manchester golfer who lost an eye during a round of golf has been awarded nearly £400,000 in damages.

Anthony Phee who was a visiting golfer playing Niddry Castle Golf Club, Winchburgh, West Lothian said that he had ducked and put his hand up when he heard the cry of “Fore”. Unfortunately this defensive action did not stop the ball striking him in the eye which “exploded” on impact. Mr Phee sued both the player who struck the shot, Mr Gordon, and also the golf club.

Anthony Phee told the court he was unfamiliar with the layout of Niddry Castle golf course Mr Phee commented “I’m delighted at the judgement and relieved that the court case is over”.

“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 with his golfing companions when he was struck in the eye by a tee shot from Mr James Gordon.

The Court of Session in Edinburgh awarded damages of £397,000 with Lord Brailsford deciding that Mr Gordon from Livingston was 30% liable and Niddry Castle Golf Club, 70% liable.

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