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Snedeker strains ACL in fall from Segway

Brandt Snedeker
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Former FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker bruised his tibia and strained the ACL in his left knee after falling from a Segway this week in China, his management company announced Tuesday.

The injury forced the 32-year-old to withdraw from this week's Australian PGA Championship, where he was expected to be one of the main draws for fans along the Gold Coast.

According to the release from Lagardere Unlimited, Snedeker was at a corporate outing Monday at Sheshan International Golf Club, where he tied for 55th last week at the WGC-HSBC Champions. While riding the Segway, Snedeker lost his balance, hopped off and 'fell awkwardly.'

'I felt a pop in my knee and pain,' Snedeker said as part of the statement. 'Fortunately this is a relatively minor injury and no surgery is required, so that is good news.'

Twice a winner on the PGA Tour in 2013, Snedeker was expected to make his next start Dec. 5-8 at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. With his short-term prognosis still undecided, it remains to be seen if the veteran will be among the 18-man field at Sherwood Country Club next month.

'It could heal in two to three weeks, or six to eight,' added Snedeker, who will have the injury re-evaluated after a week of daily physical therapy. 'Different people heal differently.'

Earlier this year, Snedeker was sidelined for six weeks due to a rib injury and in May was diagnosed with low bone turnover, which can lead to bone material becoming overly brittle.