Grayson Murray, who was due to participate in the 2022 Butterfield Bermuda Championship, was involved in a serious scooter accident, which caused him to withdraw from this week’s PGA Tour event.
In Bermuda, tourists are prohibited from renting vehicles. Scooters are the most convenient way to move around. Murray had spent Tuesday afternoon on the beach and was returning to his hotel at 4 p.m. When he rode around a bend, nearing the center line. Murray collided with the car to the right and rolled 20 feet.
Doug Schwimer was Murray’s assistant for the week. He was riding behind Murray on a scooter and tried to help him as he saw the accident happen. Schwimer was too fast to stop and fell off. He only suffered road rash, and was not taken to the hospital.
Murray was left unconscious after the accident and vaguely recalls waiting for an ambulance. Murray, 29, has only one PGA Tour victory. It was in 2017, at the Barbasol Championship.
Murray didn’t break any bones, but he received 50 stitches — 25 stitches for his face and 10 on his leg. There were also other stitches on different parts of his body. Murray believes that he may have sustained ligament damage to his knee. He will be seeing a specialist Friday when he returns home from North Carolina.
Murray was unable to participate and withdrew his entry, so Schwimer will be taking the place of Johnson Wagner, who entered the field as an alternative because Murray’s accident.
Murray was asked by Schwimer if it was okay to serve as a caddie for someone else in the event. He encouraged Murray to do so, since he was already on the Island.
Editor’s Note: This post was modified to reflect the ongoing investigation. )