Miguel Angel Jimenez Breaks Leg in Skiing Accident: Out 3-5 Months

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Miguel Angel Jimenez broke the tibia in his right leg in a skiing accident. “I was skiing in Sierra Nevada, I lost control and fell,” Jimenez was quoted as saying in a European Tour statement. “I felt a huge stab of pain and I knew straight away I had broken something,” he said. “I broke the top of the tibia in my right leg, just where it meets the knee, and they put in two pins”. The accident occurred in the Sierra Nevada range of Andalucia in southern Spain. Jimenez was immediately taken to a local hospital in his native Malaga. where he underwent surgery. Jimenez expects to be out for 3-5 months before he can return to competition. Jimenez continues a long list of golfers who have sustained non-golf-related injuries. Last December, Paul Casey suffered a shoulder injury while snowboarding which sidelined him for 3 months. Dustin Johnson suffered a back injury last April while trying to lift a jet ski. The injury forced Johnson to withdraw from The Masters and miss two months of competition. Other notable golfers to suffer injuries away from the golf course include multiple major winners Retief Goosen and Ernie Els. Jimenez became the oldest winner in European Tour history (at 48 years old) November when he won the UBS Hong Kong Open. Jimenez turns 49 on January 5thand has yet to voice any interest towards playing on The Champions Tour. Jimenez would become eligible January 5th 2014.