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Garcia's caddy injured in fight after Ryder Cup

Sergio Garcia's American caddy Gerry Higginbotham arrived at the German Masters on Wednesday with two black eyes, a swollen jaw and six stitches in a head wound after being involved in a brawl after the Ryder Cup.

The 48-year-old, who caddied for Mark O'Meara in the 1997 Ryder Cup and accompanied the double major champion to his U.S. Masters and British Open triumphs last year, was back at work for Garcia in Europe despite spending six hours in hospital on Sunday night.

"It was at my hotel when it happened, a couple of hours after we finished at Brookline," Higginbotham said.

"There were plenty of people in the bar and I got recognised. The guys didn't like the fact that as an American, I'd caddied for a European.

"They were all pretty drunk and this one guy must have had a bad day because he carried it on and said a couple of things to me I didn't like.

"I defended myself and said a couple of things back. Then suddenly 'boom-boom'. He got on the blind side of me. I fell over and hit my head on the way down.

"But it takes two to tango. I guess I should have walked away."