Caddie collapses, rushed to hospital during AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
PEBBLE BEACH — A caddie collapsed at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Friday.
The caddie, whose name is currently being withheld due to privacy concerns, was working for one of the amateurs, Geoff Couch, in this week’s tournament. The amateur was paired with PGA Tour players Beau Hossler and Max McGreevy.
The collapse occurred on the 11th hole at Pebble Beach during the second round. Medical professionals performed CPR and emergency maneuvers on the caddie, with the caddie eventually placed on a stretcher and taken away by ambulance. A PGA Tour spokesperson confirmed the incident, with the tour releasing a statement that the caddie was rushed to Montage Health for evaluation.
According to ESPN’s Paolo Uggetti, the group was shaken up and appeared to be at odds with a rules official whether to continue play. The group was allowed to step aside to allow other groups to play through. In a statement, the PGA Tour confirmed the foursome was allowed to halt their rounds in order to regroup.
“At the direction of the PGA Tour Rules Committee, the players in that group paused play during the medical emergency and will be allowed to warm up and resume their rounds shortly,” the statement said. “We will provide additional details when available.”
When the final group went through the 11th hole, Hossler and McGreevy returned to the course and resumed play around 2:50 p.m. PT.
Harry Higgs, whose group was behind Hossler and McGreevy, talked about what he saw unfold after his round.
"I was standing on the tee. They looked like they were 250 yards away, maybe even less, 200 yards away, and they were hammering away CPR on the gentleman," Higgs said. "It was weird. We teed off on 11 and once I got up there and saw the group that the caddie was in, they were off to the side and they were obviously very emotional. Hugging each other. I called a rules official over and just wanted to like, Is this OK? I don't want to be rude and keep going. It's like golf doesn't matter at all now, right?"
Higgs said his group was told the caddie's health had improved, which allowed them to continue. "The gentleman is most likely going to recover. So that obviously takes a weight off your shoulders," Higgs said.
This story will continue to be updated. UPDATE: The caddie was working for amateur Geoff Couch, not Lukas Nelson. The change has been reflected in the story above.