Another year, another golfer forced to withdraw from the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions due to a freak injury while enjoying the Pacific Ocean. Last Saturday 2009 U.S. Open champ Lucas Glover was paddleboarding when his foot caught the side of the board and caused him to sprain his right knee (MCL), according to the AP. Glover was forced to pull out, reducing the PGA Tour’s season-opener to 27 players –the smallest field in Kapalua since 1999.
Last year Geoff Ogilvy, who won the ToC in 2009 and 2010, had to pull out after enduring a freak injury. He split open his finger when he fell on some coral (which is extremely sharp and painful around these parts) while
surfing swimming in the Pacific.
What is it with golfers and hurting themselves in the water?? Steve Stricker, who brings his family with him to Kapalua, joked he’s more of an observer than a participant and stays dry to avoid such unfortunate accidents.
You know what they say — everything comes in threes. So if I’m a golfer playing in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, I’d steer clear of water sports. The pool is a much safer bet. I’d also suggest whale-watching or fishing.
Meanwhile, poor Paul Casey. He suffered from something called “turf toe” in the 2011 season, causing him to struggle on the golf course and eventually lose his PGA Tour card.
The Englishman dislocated his right shoulder while snowboarding in Colorado on December 24. He estimates he’ll be out for approximately two months, but it’s hard to say for sure. Via the Telegraph:
“I am very frustrated as I was really looking forward to getting off to a fast start in 2012,” said the world number 20.
“I’ve always played well in the desert and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship is one of my favourite events of the year, so I will particularly hate sitting out that one,” he continued.
“The good news is that the experts I’ve seen say I don’t need surgery and, having already started my rehabilitation exercises, I should be back hitting balls in a few weeks.”
Best wishes for speedy recoveries. So, I definitely don’t discourage skiing and snowboarding for golfers, but thing is, there’s a huge risk for injury. I mean, even as a junior golfer, my parents forced me to stop participating in snow sports (and I was an avid skier and dabbled in snowboarding). I guess they were right! Aren’t they always, though?