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Golfers struck down by the most ill-timed injuries

Following Dustin Johnson's back injury, which has kept him out of the Masters, we look into other golfing stars who have been struck down by injury. 

The golfing world was shocked in April when it was announced that world number one Dustin Johnson would have to pull out of the Masters after the American fell onto his back whilst going down the stairs in his rented house.

The injury is keeping Johnson out until May when he plans to return at the Wells Fargo Championship.

However, Johnson hasn’t been the only player to miss playing time through injury. Here is a list of players who have also been struck down by injuries.

Rory McIlroy

In 2015, McIlroy announced that he would not be defending the British Open. The Northern Irishman had been the odds-on favourite to retain the title that he had captured the year before. But after rupturing a ligament in his left ankle after playing football with his friends, he was out of the title frame.

At the time, the 27-year-old was the world number one and was locked in a rivalry with American Jordan Spieth. The American had claimed the first two Majors of the year and McIlroy had won the other two. It was set up as one of the best British Opens in history, but with ten days to go, it was announced that McIlroy wouldn’t be participating.

McIlroy has seen his fair share of injury woes throughout his career. Just earlier this year, he was forced to withdraw from the Abu Dhabi Championship with a rib injury.

Jason Day

In 2016, Australia’s Jason Day was forced to withdraw from the BMW Championship. Day had been in contention for the tournament and also for the £11 Million Tour Championship, but a recurring back injury forced the 29-year-old to withdraw.

Again, at the time, Day was the world number one and was up against American Dustin Johnson. This rivalry was not just for the Tour Championship, but also for Player of the Year and the world number one title. But only seven holes into the second round of the tournament, Day was forced to retire from the event.

Jason Day has also seen his fair share of injuries throughout his career. At the WGC World Matchplay in 2016, Day once again suffered a lower-back injury and also nerve pain.

Day also withdrew after one round of the 2012 Masters because of an ankle injury. A wrist and thumb injury kept him out for much of the spring in 2014 after he had won the Match Play. Day also suffered from vertigo symptoms at the 2015 US Open, but despite this, he played on and finished in a remarkable ninth place.

Tiger Woods

One of the most famous examples of injuries impacting their golfing careers is Tiger Woods. The American’s injury problems have been well documented by the media for the last few years, and there have been a fair few.

Woods has been reported injured 22 times throughout his career, according to the Golf Channel. Despite being injured in the 2008 US Open, Woods miraculously won the event. Afterwards, the 41-year-old had to have reconstructive surgery on his ACL. This resulted in him missing nine months of action.

Woods has pulled out of many events due to injury, however, the American is credited as one of the main players to have bought nutrition and gym work into golf. It is possible that the injuries that Woods has sustained were down to the amount of stress that he was putting himself under in the gym. It could also have been down to his swing, which puts a lot of pressure on his left knee and lower-back.

Jim Furyk

The American is the final name on our list as he was forced to withdraw from the BMW Championship in 2015. Furyk had been suffering from a bone contusion. He had to have surgery on it the following February and missed three months of the season as he continued to recover.

Furyk is famed for being the first people to shoot a 58 in tournament golf and was ranked ninth in the world at that time. However, he was forced to miss the Presidents Cup the week after the injury and didn’t return until mid-May.

This is the only injury that Furyk has suffered and this is partly why he has been so successful throughout his career. Since the wrist injury, he has not had any other problems and continues to strive on the Tour.


Which injury to a golfer do you think was the most ill-timed? Let us know in the comments section below.

Matt Cradock

Hello, my name is Matt Cradock and ever since the age of 3 I have had a passion for playing and writing about sport. I'm currently studying Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University and I mainly write about Golf and Football.

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