On the Sunshine Tour in South Africa, Jacques Kruyswijk was hit where the sun don’t shine.
Kruyswijk was playing on the eighth hole in the first round of this week’s Vodacom Origins of Golf when his ball wound up next to a tree. Trying to pull off the hero shot, a la Sergio Garcia during the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah, Kruyswijk hit the ball, which flew up, bounced off the tree in question and struck him in the groin.
After taking a second or two for the pain to register, perhaps out of sheer surprise at what happened, Kruyswijk fell to the ground in obvious pain. Adding insult to terrible, terrible injury, Kruyswijk was penalized a shot for the ball hitting him, ultimately leading a triple-bogey 7.
All wasn’t lost in the 54-hole event, however, as Kruyswijk finished tied for 18th place.