July 04, 2011
If 2010 was the year of the 59s, then 2011 might be the year of the freak celebration injury.
Exactly three months ago to the day, Stacy Lewis won the Kraft Nabisco Championship, and tradition says that the winner must jump in Poppie's Pond next to the 18th green. Sadly, Stacy's mom Carol nearly broke her leg in the jump, ending up with just a torn muscle from the leap into uncharted waters.
Thomas Levet (above on the left, with his manager Patrice Bartez) probably could have used some advice from Carol. After winning the French Open, his country's championship, the 42-year-old went for his own cannonball experiment into the lake at Le Golf National and might have injured himself right out of the British Open in two weeks.
Levet's management company, IMG, confirmed on Tuesday that Levet is in a cast after breaking his shin and will be receiving "intensive treatment" to the fracture so that he can hopefully get it ready for the British Open next week, a tournament he nearly won in 2002 before falling to Ernie Els in a playoff.
Maybe a suggestion for all golfers -- celebrate, have fun, throw back four bottles of champagne if you want, but keep the lake-jumping to a minimum. You never know how shallow that water might be.
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