The Weirdest and Most Notable Injuries in Golf History
September 17, 2014
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Greg NormanA noted outdoorsman, The Shark suffered a scary injury while cutting limbs off a tree at his Florida home. Norman’s left wrist was cut by a chainsaw when a branch fell in an unexpected manner. The Aussie appears to have recovered, but is wearing a large protective cast and is unlikely to hit golf balls anytime soon.
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Greg Norman had a bad feeling before his accident. told the BBC, "I had a premonition, to tell you the truth, as I was getting my chainsaw ready that something bad was going to happen." Norman told the BBC that he hopes to play golf next month.
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Jesper ParnevikSegways and professional golfers just don’t get along. A few months after Snedeker’s unfortunate incident, Jesper Parnevik fell off a Segway, breaking a rib. Unfortunately for the Swede, the embarrassing scene was caught on video.
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Bobby Cruickshank Bobby Cruickshank led the 1934 U.S. Open by two shots at Merion Golf Club. On the 11th hole, his tee shot landed in a creek but hit a rock and bounced on to the green. Cruickshank threw his club in the air in elation, only to have it come down on his head. Dazed by the injury, Cruickshank finished poorly and lost by two shots to Olin Dutra.
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Ben Hogan Ben Hogan suffered one of the most infamous injuries in golf in 1949 when a Greyhound bus collided with a car Hogan was driving with his wife. The Hawk fractured his pelvis, collarbone, left ankle in addition to suffering blood clots. His doctors said Hogan would never walk again, but he went on to win six more majors, including the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.
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Ernie ElsFour-time major champion Ernie Els ruptured his ACL while water tubing on a family vacation in the summer of 2005. He recovered quickly, however, returning later that year to win the European Tour’s Dunhill Championship in December.
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Ken Venturi Ken Venturi, famous partially for his 1964 U.S. Open win in seemingly unconquerable heat, had his career cut short after developing carpal tunnel syndrome in his hands. Two years after his incredible victory -- and after being named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year in 1964 -- Venturi retired.
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Lee TrevinoLee Trevino was struck by lightning during the 1975 Western Open near Chicago. He had surgery to correct injuries to his spine, but recovered quickly and went on to win a tournament each of the next five seasons.
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Jack NewtonThe Australian suffered a near fatal accident at the height of his career before boarding in airplane in Sydney during a rainstorm. Newton came in contact with the plane’s propeller, losing his right arm and sustaining abdominal injuries. He survived, but spent days in a coma and several weeks in intensive care.
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Tiger WoodsTiger Woods had arthroscopic knee surgery two months before the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, but wasn’t going to miss a major at his home course. Woods limped through what has become one of the most legendary golf performances of all time, defeating Rocco Mediate in a Monday playoff to win his 14th major championship.
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Brandt SnedekerAfter recurring rib fractures sidelined him off and on for years, Brandt Snedeker in 2013 found he had a condition known as low bone turnover. Snedeker treated the condition by injecting medication daily for over two months, which seems to have helped. Unable to catch a break, Bad Luck Brandt injured his knee falling off a Segway earlier this year.
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Rory SabbatiniThe South African injured a rib when he sneezed on the 14th hole during this year’s Valspar Championship. Sabbatini treated the injury with ice but finished with a 78. Asked why he kept playing, Sabbatini said, “I needed the FedEx Cup points.”
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Matt KucharOn Tuesday of this year’s PGA Championship, Matt Kuchar suffered a back injury while driving around town in an unsuccessful search for a Slip ‘N Slide for his kids. “I sat in the car for about an hour fighting traffic and when I got back, I thought, ‘Boy, my back doesn’t feel very good right now.’” Kuchar rested Wednesday, but ultimately withdrew before play started.
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