Golfer who lost an eye after being hit by ball is to get £400,000 damages

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A man who lost an eye after being hit by a ball during a game of golf is set to receive around £400,000 after a judge in a damages action ruled in his favour.

Novice golfer Anthony Phee, 44, was struck more than four years ago during a round at Niddry Castle golf course in Winchburgh, West Lothian.

He sued James Gordon, the man who struck the bad shot, and the golf club at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, seeking damages for the injury he suffered.

He said it had been a "harrowing experience" to partially lose his sight.

The judge who heard the case, Lord Brailsford, ruled today that Mr Gordon was 70 per cent responsible for the accident. The remaining 30 per cent of liability rested with the golf club for its "failure" to erect proper warning signs on the course.

The final level of Mr Phee's payout will be set at a future court hearing. However, his lawyers said damages have been agreed at around £400,000.

Mr Phee said after the ruling: "I am delighted at the judgment and relieved that the court case is over.

"No-one expects to lose an eye when they go to play golf and adjusting to partially losing my sight has been a harrowing experience. I now just want to move on with my life."

Mr Phee, from the Manchester area, was playing golf with three colleagues on August 10, 2007 when the accident happened. He had not played the course before.

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