William Ciplinski was taken to hospital. Peter Byrne

Caddie in hospital after being hit on head by Vijay Singh's tee-shot at the Open

William Ciplinski is in a stable condition in hospital.

PÁDRAIG HARRINGTON’S PRACTICE round at Royal Troon was delayed by close to half an hour yesterday as his playing partner’s caddie was struck on the head by a stray tee-shot.

Marco Dawson is preparing for his first Open but his preparation hasn’t exactly gone swimmingly after his caddie was hospitalised on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old American and Harrington were on Royal Troon’s famous Postage Stamp eighth hole when William Ciplinski was hit by Vijay Singh’s drive off the seventh tee.

The caddie was treated by on-course medics for 20 minutes and was then taken away on a golf buggy and admitted to the University Hospital Ayr for observation.

Tournament officials said he was fully conscious before being moved to hospital.

The Open Championship 2016 - Practice Day Three - Royal Troon Golf Club Peter Byrne Peter Byrne

A spokesperson for NHS Ayrshire and Arran confirmed that Ciplinski was stable, but it remains to be seen whether he will still able to perform his duties for Dawson this week.

The Open debutant has failed to win in any of his 400 PGA Tour starts but victory at last year’s Senior British Open earned him a place at the third Major of the year.

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