Rory McIlroy isn’t the first golfer to be injured doing anther sport. The game is full of stories of players who’ve been forced off the course through sporting mishaps…
The Brit was flying high in the world rankings and contending every week on the PGA Tour when a snowboarding crash really knocked him for six. He dislocated his right shoulder in Colorado, which put him out of action for two months. Only in the last year is he starting to fully recover.
Miguel Angel Jimenez
What is it about golfers and snow? Miguel broke his leg in a skiing accident in 2013, and was out for six months. He was skiing in in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Andalucia when he fell. “I lost control,” he said. “I felt a huge stab of pain and I knew straightaway I had broken something.”
The former US Open champion missed the start of the 2011 season after gouging his right index finger on a coral reef at the beach. Without being able to put pressure on his finger, he couldn’t swing a club.
A freak surfing accident forced Scott to pull out of the 2008 Australian PGA. He twisted his right knee when he stood in a depression in the sand as he was leaving the water.
How about this for a bizarre injury? GMAC caught his hand in a Chinese hotel door… when he was sleepwalking. He said: “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. I have no idea what happened.”
The Frenchman was so excited about winning his national Open in 2013 that he jumped into the lake by the 18th at Paris National. The only trouble was the water wasn’t very deep, and he broke his shin. In a similar incident, Stacey Lewis’ mum Carol broke her leg when she jumped in a lake with her daughter to celebrate her Kraft Nabisco win in 2011.
The former US Open winner, was forced to pull out of the season-opening Tournament of Champions in 2012 after suffering a sprained kneed while paddleboarding in the ocean. Glover sprained his right knee.
The popular Englishman had to take a break from the game after he injured his wrist when he slipped to avoid a “deadly snowball”. Wilson broke a bone and needed six weeks to recover. “If I’d known I’d get injured at home might as well have gone skiing!” he said.