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.
The Bryan Bros. are fired up about college football season.
The trick-shot duo recently took a trip to Williams-Brice Stadium, home of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, to shoot one of their best videos to date.
Don't believe me? Check it out:
The Bryan Bros. returned to Williams-Brice Stadium in their Garnet and Black in promotion of College Colors Day, which celebrates the start of the college football season, and is this Friday.
Solheim Cup (@SolheimCup2015) action gets underway Sept. 18 in St. Leon-Rot, Germany.
And if you're wondering how excited fans and players are look no further than social media.
From a musical ode to the Solheim Cup trophy to past winners reliving the glory, these are some of our favorite posts so far:
— Ellie Bednarz (@BednarzEllie) September 2, 2015
3. And the Ladies European Tour offered this shout out to the U.S. team (@Solheim_Cup).
4. This dog.
— PING GOLF (@PingTour) August 26, 2015
5. And this most excellent flashback from team USA's Paula Creamer (@ThePCreamer)
A photo posted by Paula Creamer Heath (@paulacreamer1) on
We'll be adding more as the countdown to the Solheim Cup continues.
Just a few days removed from a scary on-course collapse, John Daly seems to be doing as well as ever.
On Saturday, Daly collapsed on the 18th tee at Deerfield Country Club in Jackson, Miss. and was rushed by ambulance to the hospital. X-rays revealed, Daly's agent Bud Martin said, that the two-time major champion suffered a collapsed lung.
"I was having a great time and then suddenly -- boom -- I'm falling down while on the 18th tee and the next thing I know I'm in an ambulance," Daly said. "It was scary."
A day later, the Associated Press reported that Daly, "was back at Deerfield on Sunday, smoking cigarettes on the clubhouse patio while mingling with some of the other players before his round."
Then, just last night, was on stage in Myrtle Beach, S.C., performing his favorite song, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," with members of Hootie and the Blowfish:
Daly was in Myrtle Beach for the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship.
Asked about Saturday's incident on the course, Daly told Sirius-XM PGA Tour Radio hosts Brian Katrek and John Maginnes: "I probably overexerted myself trying to change things up so I could hit some drives and hit a few irons in there. I've had fractured ribs since I was seven and unfortunately I was probably leaning too much on my right side, my guys were in a little trouble on 18 so I tried to hit a drive for them, a little one-handed powder puff out there. Didn't really feel anything and I'm walking off with my buddy Will and next thing I know -- it's like kinda one of those buddy-buddy things, you've got your arm around him -- and next thing I know he just told me I just fell straight over. Next thing I knew a nurse was talking to me. They did mouth-to-mouth and everything. I was probably gone for at least, I don’t know how long... They put me on a bunch of IVs and I ended up being in the hospital. I kind of looked at the doctor kind of deranged and I go, 'What happened?'"
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