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November 05, 2013

Brandt Snedeker injures his knee falling off a Segway

Posted at 10:18 AM by Josh Sens | Categories: Brandt Snedeker

BrandtThe knee bone is not connected to the rib bone, but Brandt Snedeker has now had problems with both.

The 32-year-old has been forced to withdraw from this week's Australian PGA Championship after hurting his knee falling off a Segway, according to the AP.

Brandt Snedeker injured his left leg when he lost his balance and landed awkwardly when he hopped off a Segway in China.

Snedeker was at a corporate outing at Sheshan International on Monday when he injured himself. He immediately withdrew from the Australian PGA Championship and returned home to Nashville. Doctors say he bruised his left tibia and strained the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Snedeker says surgery will not be required. He says his injuries could heal in a couple of weeks, or it might take as much as two months. He is scheduled to play the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in California on Dec. 5-8, and the Franklin Templeton Shootout a week later in Florida.

The injury is the latest problem to beset the 2012 FedEx Cup champ, who missed five weeks early this year with a cracked rib and a strained intracostal muscle. Snedeker, who has battled rib problems for much of his career, was eventually diagnosed with "low bone turnover"---a condition in which the bones fail to regenerate at a normal pace, leaving them brittle and vulnerable to fracture.

Snedeker has started taking medicine to remedy that problem. But now there is the knee.

In addition to derailing Snedeker on his way to his second event of the season, the injury robs the Australian PGA Championship of its second highest-ranked player. Reigning Masters champ Adam Scott, ranked No. 2 in the world, is also in the field.

"The most important thing is of course Brandt's health, said Brian Thorburn, chief executive officer of the PGA of Australia. "Brandt is a player who is held in very high regard wherever he goes, and while we're obviously disappointed he won't be playing this week, our thoughts are with him and we wish him a speedy recovery."

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