This past Sunday Tiger Woods won “his” tournament, the AT&T National at Congressional County Club in Bethesda Maryland. The jovial atmosphere after Tiger’s win contrasted with the upsetting events earlier on in the tournament. On Friday morning a volunteer was seriously injured in a golf cart accident near the No 7 tee at around 8am.
The man, who was driving the golf cart, struck a nylon rope that separating the spectators from the course. According to the Washington Post the rope cut his arteries on both sides of his neck causing him to bleed profusely.
Medical personnel were quickly on the scene, which included a doctor from George Washington Hospital, and a make-shift tourniquet was fashioned to stem the bleeding.
He was taken to a local hospital for what are being described as life-threatening injuries.
This was a serious incident which will cause some observers to call into question the safety of golf carts. However, this incident could be seen as a 'freak accident' that thankfully is very rare. It's difficult to say if there was a way to prevent this accident, however it's worth noting that most carts used during PGA golf tournaments are not fitted with a windshield or canopy which may have prevented the rope reaching the driver.
This is so that they are somewhat invisible and "blend in" with the background and won't distract the players or spectators, as with utility carts used by grounds-keeping personnel that you might see at your local course.
The tournament was also hit by a storm overnight Friday which caused Saturday's third round to be closed for spectators and volunteers.The players were out but the morning was filled with the sound of chainsaws as crews set out to remove more than 40 trees that had been uprooted, including a 75-foot tree that crashed across the 14th fairway, as the photo shows.