Fabrizio Zanotti, competing in the European Tour’s KLM Open, was treated and released from a hospital today after being struck by an errant tee shot at Kennemer Golf Club in Zandvoort in The Netherlands.
The 31-year-old Paraguayan, who won the European Tour's BMW International Open in June, was playing his seventh hole (Kennemer’s 16th) when a tee shot hit by Alexandre Kaleka from the 14th hole struck him in the head.
According to the European Tour, Zanotti did not lose consciousness and was treated right away by a doctor, who determined that Zanotti was not in immediate danger. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution before being released.
Thank a lot for the messages, I have been discharged from the hospital. Now I will have to take a couple of weeks off.— Fabrizio Zanotti (@fabrizanotti) September 11, 2014
Felipe Aguilar of Chile and Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina withdrew from the tournament and accompanied Zanotti to the hospital. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano also paid Zanotti a visit in the hospital.
Just came out of the hospital and happy to say that Fabri is doing fine. He is in good spirits and just waiting to get discharged.— Gonzalo Fdez-Castaño (@gfcgolf) September 11, 2014
“The latest report from the hospital is that all neurological tests have come back clear,” said European Tour tournament director Miguel Vidaor. “We wish Fabrizio a speedy recovery.
Play at Kennemer Golf Club was suspended at 11:09 a.m. local time to allow Zanotti proper treatment on the course. It was resumed at 1 p.m. It is unlikely that the first round will be completed today.