Chris Kirk breaks hand playing with kids, out of the Open; Streelman in
Open Championship

Chris Kirk breaks hand playing with kids, out of the Open; Streelman in


Chris Kirk is out of next week's British Open Championship at St. Andrews, forced to pull out of the tournament after he broke his right hand while playing with his kids at his family's farm.

Kirk won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in May for his fourth PGA Tour win and his third in as many calendar years on the PGA Tour.

Kevin Streelman replaces Chris Kirk in the field.

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Of course, there's not quite the same outrage for Kirk's injury and subsequent withdrawal as with Rory McIlroy pulling out of the year's third major after hurting himself while playing soccer with friends. However, Kirk's injury goes to show that professional athletes can injure themselves in myriad ways and don't need some kind of athletic activity to do something that could put them out of action at an inopportune time.

In the meanwhile, all PGA Tour players should clearly remain in bubble wrap before a major championship. No playing of any kind is allowed -- with your kids, a soccer ball or in any other way.

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