If you didn’t think golf was a physical sport, think again. During the third round of the Northern Trust on Saturday, former U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover took a swing and fell awkwardly to the ground in a scene that looked like every NFL team’s worst preseason nightmare.
Glover, 37, was set to let his second shot on the par-4 18th rip when suddenly his right foot slipped and his legs gave out from under him sending him tumbling down. He remained on the ground for 10 minutes letting the group behind him play through as medics came to check on his status.
Thankfully he was okay, although at the time it didn’t look like it.
Lucas Glover has been diagnosed with a strained patella tendon.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 26, 2017
After his round, a 2-over 72 that included a bogey at the last, Glover spent nearly 45 minutes in the PGA Tour’s fitness trailer undergoing an ultrasound test and receiving treatment and said he was confident he could play on Sunday at Glen Oaks.
“I had some inflammation and a little strain of the patellar tendon,” said Glover, who was examined by the New York Giants team doctor. “Feels pretty good now after ice and [treatment].”
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 27, 2017
Medical personnel told Glover to expect overnight swelling, but since he travels with an ice compression machine for an ongoing knee injury he was told he should be able to play on Sunday with a brace on his knee.
Glover sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in 2012 while paddle boarding before the season opener in Hawaii and has also been dealing with an injury to his left knee this year.
Still, Glover said he never considered not finishing his round.
“No. Absolutely not,” said Glover, who was wearing metal spikes on his golf shoes. “First couple guys brought out a stretcher and I laughed at them. I mean, only way I wasn’t going to [finish] was if I couldn’t get up.”
After the round, Glover issued the following apology:
— Lucas Glover (@Lucas_Glover_) August 27, 2017
Glover is currently 55th in the FedEx Cup standings and is projected to be in the field next week in Boston at the Dell Technologies Championship, which begins Friday.
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