Bad golfers can ignore etiquette of yelling "fore": court

NEW YORK (BestGrowthStock) – Bad golfers who shank balls can ignore the proper course etiquette of yelling “fore”, according to a ruling by New York’s top court on Tuesday.

The case was brought by Dr. Azad Anand, who was struck in the eye by a shanked shot during a 2002 Long Island golf game with his friend Dr. Anoop Kapoor.

Anand claimed his injury was caused by Kapoor failing to yell “fore” or a similar courtesy warning for an oncoming shot.

But the New York State Court of Appeals, upholding lower court rulings, unanimously ruled that Kapoor was not at fault.

“A person who chooses to participate in a sport or recreational activity consents to certain risks that are inherent in and arise out of the nature of the sport generally and flow from such participation,” the court wrote.

Anand was looking for his own ball on the golf course when Kapoor teed off without warning, struck him in the left eye and detached his retina, according to the suit. Anand said he suffered a permanent loss of vision.

Earlier this year, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled against a golfer who sued a golf course after he was struck in the eye. The court said the golf course had no duty to protect the golfer against the risks of playing the game.

(Reporting by Aman Ali; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Greg McCune)

Bad golfers can ignore etiquette of yelling "fore": court