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Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay is attended to by medical staff after being struck with a ball while Alexandre Kaleka (red top) of France who hit the shot looks on during the first day of the KLM Open

Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay is attended to by medical staff after being struck with a ball while Alexandre Kaleka (red top) of France who hit the shot looks on during the first day of the KLM Open

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Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay is attended to by medical staff after being struck with a ball while Alexandre Kaleka (red top) of France who hit the shot looks on during the first day of the KLM Open

Fabrizio Zanotti has been discharged from hospital after being struck on the head by a ball during the first round of the KLM Open yesterday.

The 31-year-old Paraguayan was on the 16th fairway at the Kennemer Golf Club in the Dutch coastal town of Zandvoort when he was struck by a ball hit from the 14th tee by Frenchman Alexandre Kaleka.

Play was suspended for nearly two hours but Zanotti, who won the BMW International Open earlier this season, did not lose consciousness and received treatment on the course before being taken to hospital.

"Thanks a lot for the messages, I have been discharged from the hospital. Now I will have to take a couple of weeks off," Zanotti said on Twitter.

Fellow players Felipe Aguilar and Ricardo Gonzalez accompanied Zanotti to hospital and the pair have also withdrawn from the tournament to stay with him. Kaleka managed to shake off the incident, carding a par-four at the 14th and a birdie at the next hole on his way to a two-over-par 72.

Dutchman Joost Luiten is the club-house leader after a five-under-par 65 and was joined at the top of the leaderboard by Jamie McCleary, but the Scot still has two holes to play after the first round was suspended due to bad light.

Simon Thornton was best of the Irish challengers on one-under after 14 holes, while Padraig Harrington finished with a level-par 70.

Irish Independent