HONOLULU – Blayne Barber’s caddie, Cory Gilmer, is in critical condition in a neurological intensive care unit at a local hospital after falling on Friday and hitting his head.
Barber said after his third round at the Sony Open that he’d been at dinner with Gilmer on Friday and that his caddie met some friends afterwards at another restaurant when he fell.
“He hit the floor. He was just standing up and fell and hit his head on the floor pretty hard evidently,” said Barber, who struggled to a third-round 72.
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Gilmer was nonresponsive when Barber teed off on Saturday, and he was waiting for an update on his condition. Doctors told Barber that they are not currently considering surgery and officials were trying to control the swelling and the bleeding in Gilmer’s brain.
“I slept about three hours. That was about the hardest day of golf I’ve ever played,” Barber said.
Barber’s brother, Shayne, replaced Gilmer for Saturday’s third round. Barber said he considered withdrawing from the event, but decided he should play.
“With him being completely unresponsive right now, there wasn’t much I could do,” Barber said. “I felt like it may just get my mind off of stuff, and it didn’t really. I just spent the last 4 1/2 hours kind of whacking it around and thinking about a lot of things.”