Remember Jerry Pate? Remember 1982? Jerry Pate won the Players Championship, shoved Pete Dye and Deanne Beman into the pond and then dived in himself. What a lark! Crazy Jerry!!
2011? Not such a lark. Actually, it’s stupid. In March, Stacy Lewis won the Nabisco Championship, a major on the LPGA Tour, then jumped into the water with her mom, dad and caddie. Mom sprained her leg and was laid up from training for a marathon. On Sunday the 3rd, Thomas Levet jumped into the water after winning the French Open and fractured a bone in his leg. He’s in a cast, will miss the Scottish Open this week and is an odds on favorite to miss the British Open at Royal St. George’s in deux settimane.
Don’t jump into ponds, people! You don’t know how deep they are and you don’t do it regularly enough to know how to jump into water. Sounds simple, but it’s not a pool, nor is it a puddle. Don’t jump into ponds.