14 of the most bizarre golfer injuries

2016 06 Rory Feat

1. Rory McIlroy – Ruptured ankle ligaments


The four-time major winner missed the defence of his Open title at St Andrews in 2015 after rupturing his left ankle ligaments playing football with friends. He returned to action six weeks later at the US PGA Championship.

Donaldson-injury

2. Jamie Donaldson – Almost chopped finger off


Yes, while enjoying some time away from the course, the 2014 Ryder Cup hero ‘got in a fight with a chainsaw’. The Welshman needed several stitches in the little finger of his left hand and was out for two weeks.

John Daly

3. John Daly – Fractured ribs


Up until last year, Daly was still pursuing legal action for an incident at the 2007 Honda Classic. A female spectator jumped in front of him to take his picture. He said he tried to stop his swing, hit behind the ball, and fractured two ribs and separated his right shoulder, negatively impacting on his career.

Ryder Cup Press Conference - Jose Maria Olazabal named Europe's 2012 captain

4. Jose Maria Olazabal – Broken hand


After shooting a five-over-par 75 in the first round of the 1999 US Open at Pinehurst, Olazabal punched a wall in his hotel room and broke a bone in his hand, resulting in his withdrawal from the tournament.

U.S. Open - Round One


5. Colin Montgomerie – Injured hand


Monty was forced out of the 2003 Open at Royal St George’s in the opening round after a freak hand injury caused by tripping over a step at breakfast. “I couldn't believe it was raining and as I looked up I tripped over a step and fell nastily,” he said. His hand was swollen, but nothing was broken.

oliver wilson 1

6. Oliver Wilson – Broken wrist


The 2008 Ryder Cup player was forced out of the 2013 Dubai Desert Classic. Why? Because he broke his wrist after slipping to avoid what he called on Twitter a ‘deadly snowball’.

Hero India Open - Day Two

7. Miguel Angel Jimenez – Broken leg


The Spaniard was in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Spain in late 2012 when he broke his right leg in a fall. “I lost control and fell,” Jiménez said. “I felt a huge stab of pain and I knew straight away I had broken something.”

Alstom Open de France - Day Four

8. Thomas Levet – Broken shin


After winning his home French Open in 2011, Levet jumped in the lake by the 18th hole at Le Golf National and broke his shin. However, he was back in action just eight weeks later.

The RSM Classic - Final Round

9. Graeme McDowell – Slammed hand in door


Allegedly, G-Mac sleepwalks. At least that’s how he explained a freak hand injury in China, where he jammed it in a door. “I woke up out of this dream, standing in a hotel-room door, in my boxer shorts, and three seconds later I had the most searing pain in my right hand,” he said. “I have no idea what happened.”

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship - Day Three


10. Richard Boxall – Broken leg


During the third round of the 1991 Open, Boxall broke his leg while just two strokes off the 36-hole lead. “I hit 1-iron and as I did there was this noise like a sack of potatoes splitting and I screamed and collapsed,” he said.

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play - Quarter Finals

11. Paul Casey – Dislocated shoulder


The Englishman dislocated his right shoulder while snowboarding in Colorado in January 2012. He didn’t need surgery but did end up being sidelined for the first two months of the year.

Northern Trust Open - Round Two

12. Lucas Glover – Sprained knee


The 2009 US Open winner was forced to pull out of the season-opening Tournament of Champions in 2012 after suffering a sprained knee while paddleboarding in the ocean.

The Masters - Preview Day 1

13. Sandy Lyle – ‘Cold hands’


The Scot quit the 2008 Open after just ten holes as wind and heavy rain at Royal Birkdale took its toll. Lyle cited ‘cold hands’ as the reason after being 11-over-par after nine holes. Peter Dawson was unimpressed, saying: “It is disappointing. I have to say professional golfers should complete a round. That is what they are paid to do."

Ernie Els Adams Golf

14. Ernie Els – Ruptured knee ligaments


In 2005, Els was on a tube being towed by a speedboat in the Mediterranean and ended up rupturing ligaments in his left knee. As a result, the Big Easy was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
Old vs New Tech | How big are the gains going to be?
Titleist
play button
How to play Texas Scramble
Texas Scramble
play button
Which Callaway golf ball is right for me?
Callaway
play button
How to play Bingo Bango Bongo
Bingo Bango Bongo
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

"I wanted to spank him" admits Koepka after beating Bryson
New COVID variant forces DP World Tour schedule change
Joburg Open hit by withdrawals amid COVID "mutation"
Two people injured after PIGS invade golf course
UK government "exploring potential" of bringing 2031 Ryder Cup to England

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Keep the club on plane in the takeaway
Watch
play button
Denis Pugh’s advice for big hitters
Watch
play button
How to transition your weight with Peter Barber
Callaway
play button
Get your takeaway right
Watch
See all videos right arrow