Australian PGA pro Damien Jordan was forced to withdraw from the Australian PGA Championship on day one after slicing his hand when moving a stake at Royal Queensland Golf Club.
Jordan's hand was apparently bleeding heavily as he went to move a stake on the course, but he was forced off the course immediately to a doctor and consequently withdrew.
A bizarre retirement today at the #AusPGA for Damien Jordan, went to move a stake on course and sliced his hand the entire width from top to bottom. Quite heavy bleeding so off to see a doctor.— Jimmy Emanuel (@JimmyEmanuel4) January 13, 2022
The incident was reported by Golf Australia's Jimmy Emanuel on Twitter:
A bizarre retirement today at the #AusPGA for Damien Jordan, went to move a stake on course and sliced his hand the entire width from top to bottom. Quite heavy bleeding so off to see a doctor.
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Jordan is ranked 1,715th in the Official World Golf Rankings after an indifferent run of form in recent years.
He did, however, get down to 530rd back in 2017, the same year he won the Victorian PGA Championship.
Jordan's compatriot Louis Dobbelaar led the way on day one of the Australian PGA with a superb round of 7-under 64.
Tournament favourite Min Woo Lee lies just four shots off the pace on 4-under par.
COVID forced a cancellation of both the 2020 and 2021 editions of the Australian PGA Championship.
This week's Australian PGA is running alongside the maiden Australian WPGA Championship.
Su Oh leads by three shots on 5-under par after day one.