Grayson Murray was supposed to play in the 2022 Butterfield Bermuda Championship this week, but a bad scooter accident forced him to pull out of the PGA Tour tournament.
In Bermuda, tourists are not allowed to rent cars, so scooters are the best way to get around. Around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Murray was riding back to his hotel after spending the afternoon at the beach. As he turned a corner, he got close to the centre line. The car on the other side of the road also got close to the centre line, which caused Murray to hit the front corner of the car and roll 20 feet.
Doug Schwimer, Murray’s caddie for the week, was on another scooter right behind him. He saw the accident happen and tried to stop to help. Schwimer was trying to get off the scooter quickly before it stopped, but he fell off and only got road rash. He did not have to go to the hospital because of this.
Murray was knocked out after the accident and has a vague memory of waiting for the ambulance. Murray, who is 29 years old, has won once on the PGA Tour, at the Barbasol Championship in 2017.
Murray didn’t break any bones, but he did get 50 stitches. 25 of them were on his face, 10 on his leg, and the rest were in different places on his body. He thinks his knee ligaments may have been hurt, and he will see a specialist on Friday when he gets back to his home in North Carolina.
Murray hurt himself and dropped out of the tournament, so Schwimer will now be the caddie for Johnson Wagner, who got in as an alternate because Murray couldn’t play.
Schwimer asked Murray if he could be a caddie for another player in the tournament. Murray said it was fine, and since Schwimer was already on the island, he encouraged him to do so.
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