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Immelman's misery is all in the wrist

Posted on: August 8, 2009 1:59 pm
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AKRON, Ohio -- Give former Masters champion Trevor Immelman high marks for honesty.

If not an even higher grade for self-deprecation.

After struggling through a season marked by a nagging wrist injury that finally forced him to miss two major championships, the South African star returned to the PGA Tour this month and freely admitted that he should have benched himself far earlier.

Immelman continued to play through a serious injury to his left wrist and the results were close to abysmal for a player of his caliber. In his first 11 starts this year, he missed four cuts and didn't finish higher than 19th. Yet he kept on playing through the pain, which was so bad at times, he could not grip the club properly in the palm of his left hand.

So, the obvious question became, why continue playing?

"Because I'm an idiot," he said.

Immelman said he hoped the pain would subside and eventually visited Dr. Jerry Rubin, a hand specialist in Orlando, where Immelman makes his U.S. base. Exams turned up damage to cartilage and tendons, as well as the presence of a cyst. Immelman is left-hander who plays golf from the right-hand side.

Immelman missed the cut last week at the Canadian Open, his first start since Colonial in May. While others were playing at the U.S. and British opens, he he was rehabbing his wrist and bored out of his mind.

Even worse, his three favorite activities are playing the drums, playing golf and working out.

"I wasnt able to do any of the three," he said.

Immelman's future is very much uncertain. He shot 71-78 last week in Canada, yet has been more consistent this week at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, firing two solid rounds of 70 to open the big-money, elite event. But if the wrist doesn't improve, offseason surgery might be in the offing, he said. He might have some unscheduled time off coming -- with two events left to qualify, he is 28 spots outside the top 125 players in FedEx Cup points and could miss the lucrative, monthlong "playoff" stretch on the U.S. tour calendar.

"I just made some stupid errors playing through it," he said. "But I have learned a lot about myself. It's not all a loss. I had some great time at home with the family."

Immelman isn't alone on the FedEx front. Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia are also on the bubble for making the field at the series-opening Barclays event.
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Comments

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2009 7:11 pm
 

Immelman's misery is all in the wrist

I think that text of yours is about 300 yards wide.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2009 7:06 pm
 

Immelman's misery is all in the wrist

patfitz....

the 300 yard marker on the screen was showing you where the 300 yard mark was in distance from the tee box....wasn't showing the width of the fairway....the point being, it helped to demonstrate how long a golfers drive was in relation to the 300 tard marker...



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2009 6:27 pm
 

Immelman's misery is all in the wrist

That's the line where a 300 yard drive would land on that hole.



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2009 12:45 am
 

Immelman's misery is all in the wrist

They did not say the fairway was 300 yards wide, but that line they showed indicated 300 yards from the tee that point on the course....




Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2009 12:05 am
 

Immelman's misery is all in the wrist

300 yds. from the tee.



Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2009 6:16 pm
 

Immelman's misery is all in the wrist

Hello, question please,, I have been watching the golf all day and everytime they show the 18 fairway they show a graph or a line across the fairway saying its 300 yard wide..  now I have been playing this game all my life and I have never ever saw a fairway 300 yards wide.. not even in England.  are my eyes going that bad or are you jolly fellow's just having fun with your viewer's.. Thank you



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