Caddie Collapses on 11th Hole at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Good News Follows
On Friday during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a caddie for an amateur player collapsed on the 11th hole of Pebble Beach Golf Links. The caddie, who was looping for amateur player Geoff Couch, was administered CPR on the course before being transported to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula for evaluation. The PGA Tour Rules Committee asked pros Beau Hossler and Max McGreevy to resume play, though neither felt comfortable continuing.
On the scene, amateur Lukas Nelson, a singer in rock band Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, revealed the caddie was “doing better” after receiving medical attention. The incident had shades of the Bills-Bengals game a few weeks ago when Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the field after making a tackle and moments later collapsing.
The PGA Tour released a statement on Friday afternoon about the incident. After hearing the news that the caddie was doing better, Higgs said, “It takes a weight off your shoulders. None of us have ever had to deal with that. No one in the NFL had ever had to deal with what happened … so there is no playbook. There is nothing to do. In a way, I was worried that we were still going, but then at the same time it's like, all right, well, soldier on, keep going. I hope he's OK.” The 31-year-old added “Fortunately, we got some good news and kept going. I hope there's more good news in the coming hours and days. Just a very difficult [situation] and kind of a first. Hopefully a last.
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