Dizzy heights too much for Cevaer
New European Open champ Christian Cevaer could only manage 12 holes at Celtic Manor before having to quit with dizziness.
New European Open champion Christian Cevaer could only manage 12 holes in the first round of the Wales Open at Celtic Manor before having to quit with dizziness.
The 39-year-old, who won last week despite suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, bogeyed five of his first six holes and after birdies at the next two, ran up a double-bogey six at the 465-yard first – his ninth – to return to five over par.
Three holes later he shook hands with Spanish playing partners Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal and called it a day.
“My head was floaty out there,” he said. “I’ve had very little sleep this week and the last few days have taken a terrible toll on me physically and mentally.
“I was worried I wouldn’t be able to play at all after only two or three hours’ sleep on Tuesday night, but I enjoyed the pro-am and then treated the other French players and their wives to dinner, as is our tradition after a win.
“I hoped I would be okay, but I had to get up early this morning and couldn’t do anything out there.
“I’m going to take a well-deserved break now and then come back for the Open qualifying at Sunningdale on Monday.”
Coincidentally, it was at roughly the same point last year that Jimenez withdrew with a knee injury four days after winning the BMW PGA title. He was eight over at the time.
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