After COVID forced the cancellation of the Australian PGA Championship in 2020 and the postponment of the 2021 edition into the new year, the tournament finally began yesterday. For one player, though, the long-awaited week ended rather quickly. And in truly bizarre fashion.
Former Australian Army soldier Damien Jordan withdrew during the first round after cutting his hand. And if that’s not weird enough, apparently, the injury was sustained when he tried to move a stake at Royal Queensland Golf Club. Yep, a stake.
The Australian Associated Press reported Jordan’s WD, confirming it was due to “slicing his hand trying to move a stake on the course”.
Jordan is currently 1,715th in the Official World Golf Ranking. He achieved a career-best of No.530 in 2017, the same year he won the Victorian PGA Championship.
This week’s event is being run in conjunction with the maiden Australian WPGA Championship. After day one, 20-year-old Louis Dobbelaar has a one-shot edge in the men’s competition, while Su Oh leads the women’s event.