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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Drunk Golfer Teed Off

WAUSAU, Wisconsin () -- A golfer had 13 drinks before he tripped on his golf spikes and fell face first onto a brick path outside a clubhouse, breaking his jaw and shattering his teeth. But an appeals court said the course was mostly at fault, for leaving gaps in the bricks.


Dale Larson -- who needed nine root canals, 23 crowns and had his jaw wired shut for months -- was awarded $41,540 in damages even though his own lawyer said it was rare for a drunk person to win a negligence case.


Larson, wearing his golf spikes, fell on the ramp as he left the bar the night of May 16, 1990. He argued the gaps were unsafe because a cleat caught in one, causing him to lose his balance.


A doctor testified Larson was in a stupor, with a blood-alcohol level of 0.28 percent 90 minutes after the accident. But Larson said he was not significantly impaired by the eight beers and five mixed drinks he had.