The 10 worst ways to die on a golf course

Sadly, it does hap­pen

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lthough rare, it’s pos­si­ble to play lights out – for good. In 2014 in the United States, 30 047 peo­ple vis­ited the emer­gency room with golf-course-re­lated in­juries and 15 225 more as a re­sult of a golf-cart “in­ci­dent.”We learned this in our ef­fort to de­ter­mine the odds of dy­ing on a golf course. Un­for­tu­nately, af­ter con­sult­ing with an ex­pert in risk man­age­ment at Har­vard Univer­sity and por­ing over obit­u­ar­ies and data from the Cen­tres for Dis­ease Con­trol, we de­ter­mined that the fig­ure is un­de­ter­minable.Too many vari­ables.The best we could come up with is that it’s some­where well be­low 0.5 per­cent.That’s the good news. The bad news? Some golfers have died in hor­ri­ble ways. Here are the 10 most bizarre on-course deaths we found.– brit­tany ro­mano 1. A man in Ire­land was search­ing for his ball in a ditch when a rat ran up his leg, uri­nated and bit him. The man fin­ished his round de­spite suf­fer­ing the bite. He died two weeks later from kid­ney fail­ure, a symp­tom of Weil’s dis­ease, which is car­ried by rats. 2. Af­ter his round at the 9-hole Skukuza course in the Kruger Na­tional Park, 29-year-old Jac­ques van der Sandt waded waist deep into Lake Panic, the haz­ard on the clos­ing hole, to search for balls. This was in De­cem­ber 2014. He was at­tacked by a crocodile and dis­ap­peared into the water. His body was found the next morn­ing, with­out mu­ti­la­tion but with a few teeth marks. Park rangers killed the four-me­tre rep­tile. 3. A man left a Vir­ginia coun­try club with a headache, which was com­pounded by fever, nau­sea and a rash. Four days later, he was in the hospi­tal cov­ered with blis­ters and died from a se­vere al­ler­gic re­ac­tion to a pes­ti­cide used on the course. 4. In an­other toxic in­ci­dent, a teenager from Ari­zona died af­ter drink­ing from a golf-course water cooler. He con­tracted a norovirus from water that was con­tam­i­nated. 5. Af­ter a poor shot on a New York golf course, a teenager slammed his 3-wood against a bench. The club snapped, and a piece was pro­pelled back to­wards him and pierced his heart. There were doc­tors at the course who at­tempted to save him be­fore he was taken to the hospi­tal and pro­nounced dead. He was the sec­ond golfer we found who was killed by the shaft of one of his clubs. An­other died when his driver broke dur­ing a swing and part of the shaft pierced an artery in his groin, caus­ing him to bleed to death. 6. In Cal­i­for­nia, an 83-year-old cel­e­brated his 18th hole-in-one only to die from an aneurysm mo­ments af­ter his score­card had been ver­i­fied. 7. In Canada, a golfer died on the course af­ter his cart hit a re­tain­ing wall and tum­bled six me­tres to the road be­low. The death was ruled ac­ci­den­tal, though the coro­ner noted that the man’s blood-al­co­hol level was twice the le­gal limit. 8. Dur­ing a round with her fam­ily in Ja­pan, a wo­man drowned af­ter fall­ing into a sink­hole that formed in the mid­dle of a fair­way. The water-filled hole was about five me­tres deep and two me­tres wide and was said to be caused by a runoff that made the turf col­lapse. 9. A fight be­tween a golfer and the three­some play­ing be­hind him turned deadly when a man was fa­tally kicked in the chest. The ar­gu­ment stemmed from the three­some los­ing their pa­tience wait­ing on the guy to search for a lost ball. A jury ruled that the kick was an act of self-de­fence. 10. A man in Aus­tralia died af­ter a large branch broke off a tree and struck him while he was wait­ing to tee off. He suf­fered sev­eral in­juries that con­trib­uted to his death six days later.

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