Surfing accident sidelines SA pro golfer

Johannesburg, 09 October 2015 - South African golfer George Coetzee chat to eNCA's OG Molefe about a freak accident that's taken him away from the sport. Video: eNCA

PRETORIA - Injuries are part and parcel of playing sport.

But every now and again, sportsmen and women get hurt in circumstances not related to their sport, and that was the case for South African golfer George Coetzee.

eNCA paid him a visit to find out about the freak accident that has sidelined him.

For the world number 68 it happened while surfing in Bali.

George Coetzee, pro golfer says, "I wish I could say it was a Pro surfing injury, but it's the lack of my surfing ability that caused this."

"I just fell of the board and I landed in shallow water which was about a foot deep and I twisted my ankle, but I heard this pop sound and I had PTSD for a week, every time I closed my eyes I could still hear that pop.”

Golfers often turn to other codes to take their minds off their sport of choice and sometimes that can be detrimental.

Back in July Rory McIlroy ruptured his ankle ligaments during a football game with his friends, and had to sit out for five weeks.

“I've always enjoyed the competitive side of golf, but there's kind of a serene, relaxing, good for the soul vibe when you go surfing or fishing."

The problem with getting injured during the season is intensified by missing out on some of the big tournaments.

Coetzee had a plate and a few screws inserted into his ankle to hold it together.

And next Tuesday, he will have another operation to remove them, He hopes his ankle will be intact at that point, so he can begin his rehab and the long road back to full fitness.


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