The £400k mis-hit

The true cost of a wayward shot

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

Whilst accidents like this aren't a daily occurance, this case goes a long way to highlight the dangers, both physical and financial, that golfers face. And we think most golfers would agree the potential implications simply aren’t worth the risk.

Mr Phee was struck in the eye by a wayward tee shot

Mr Anthony Phee was a visiting golfer playing Niddry Castle Golf Club, Winchburgh, West Lothian. He was walking between holes with a group of golfers when he was struck in the eye by a wayward tee shot from Mr James Gordon.

Mr Phee said that he ducked and put his hand up when he heard the cry of “fore” but unfortunately this didn’t stop the ball striking him in the eye which “exploded” on impact.

Both the player who struck the shot and the golf club were sued for damages

Mr Phee sued both the player who struck the shot and also the golf club.

The Court of Session in Edinburgh awarded damages of £397,000. The judge decided that both Mr Gordon from Livingston and Niddry Castle Golf Club were liable.

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.

Anthony Phee, who was awarded £397,000 in damages.