Bizarre injuries happen -- Jesper Parnevik breaking a rib on a Segway; any number of professional athletes breaking ribs from sneezing; a severely sliced finger from cutting open a bagel (PGA Tour player Skip Kendall did that years ago); the list goes on.
But, a knee injury that forced PGA Tour player Will Wilcox to make the disappointing decision to withdraw from this week's Deutsche Bank Championship has got to be a first.
Wilcox injured himself while, get this, entering his rental car.
Injuries are no laughing matter, so we certainly wish Wilcox the best for a swift recovery. But talk about bad luck.
The injury effectively ends Wilcox's 2014-15 season. He was No. 89 on the FedExCup points list headed into the Deutsche Bank Championship. Only the top 70 advance to the BMW Championship in two weeks.
Here's how Wilcox explained the injury on his personal website:
Injury and Deutsche Bank Withdrawl
On Monday morning of this week, I slammed my right knee into the dash of my rental car, which was set up much differently than my car, while getting in to drive to a fundraiser golf event outside of Atlanta.
After attempting to treat it myself with rest and ice, the pain and swelling continued. Over the past few days, I have sought out multiple medical opinions, including working with the training staff of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and also Dr. Scott Maughon, who is one of Atlanta's very best Sports Medicine and Orthopedic doctors, who were all nice enough to see me on such short notice. After appointments, X-Ray and a MRI we have found deep bruising to my patellar tendon, which explains the current pain and difficultly in applying weight to my right knee and leg.
After exploring the opinions and resources available to me, I am forced to withdraw from the Deutsche Bank Championship this week and as a result the remainder of the 2015 Fed Ex Cup playoffs. This was not an easy decision to make, but one I do with my best interests and future health in mind.
2015 has been a dream come true year. To start the year with conditional status and fight my way inside the Top 75 on the PGA Tour is something I am very proud of. I have had a lot of fun with all the fans at the events and on social media and can not thank everyone enough for the all the positive vibes and support they have shown me.
The 2015/2016 season will be here very soon. I am looking forward to getting 100% healthy, rested and prepared for full status on the PGA Tour for next season and beyond.