Jodi Ewart Shadoff battled back to win the first LPGA Tour title after a career-threatening injury was aggravated by a sneeze | Golf News

Jodi Ewart Shadoff suffered numerous injury setbacks on her way to victory, herniating the same disc several times in her back; she once herniated it by sneezing too hard; she won her first LGPA Tour title at the Mediheal Championship; “I sneezed so hard that my disc exploded”

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Jodi Ewart Shadoff earned her first victory after 246 attempts at the Mediheal Championship

For Jodi Ewart Shadoff, the path to her maiden Tour victory was not an easy one, with bizarre injuries becoming the biggest setback on her road to victory.

The 34-year-old has been a regular face on the LGPA Tour for many years, but she was never able to cross the finish line, with back problems and herniated discs setting her back again and again.

Ewart Shadoff even considered quitting due to the odd recurring injury she so often faced, once sneezing so hard she “blew her record out”.

Highlights from day four of the LPGA Mediheal Championship taking place at the Saticoy Club in California

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Highlights from day four of the LPGA Mediheal Championship taking place at the Saticoy Club in California

Highlights from day four of the LPGA Mediheal Championship taking place at the Saticoy Club in California

“My first back injury was in 2015. I was at the gym in Portland and I was doing the morning exercise that feels like a hamstring exercise,” she told the Sky Sports Golf Podcast.

“As I was losing weight, I was using about 20 pounds I think, it just exploded.

“Something really weird just happened. At that time, it was the first time I had a herniated disc.

“It took maybe four weeks and I had a very bad year that year as well.

“It was the first setback, then it happened several times after that and it’s always something weird.

“One time was when I was picking up a hair dryer from the floor, another time I was bending down to unplug my charger from the wall and more recently I was sneezing, so that was fun.

“I sneezed and sneezed so hard that my disc exploded.

“I just remember being on the floor and my husband was home and he came rushing over and I was just in tears and said ‘I can’t do this anymore’.

“I’ve been through this so many times and each time it takes longer and longer to get over it.

“At that point golf was over, I thought my career was over.”

Although she considered cutting her career short, Ewart Shadoff fought on and eventually earned her first victory in October at the Mediheal Championship.

Ewart Shadoff couldn't believe she had finally claimed victory

Ewart Shadoff couldn’t believe she had finally claimed victory

She posted an under-71 in a rollercoaster final round at the Saticoy Club in California, mixing three birdies with two bogeys to hold off the chasing pack and claim a wire-to-wire victory.

However, for Ewart Shadoff, victory only came when she accepted the idea that there was more to life than her golfing career.

“I had kind of accepted that it would never happen for me, and you go back to the level of golf becoming harder and harder to win on the Tour,” she added.

“I think the moment I accepted that I wasn’t going to win but was okay with not winning, then I won.

“It was like this little hurdle that I overcame.

“I worked very closely with my mental coach and we worked hard to be happy no matter what.

“I would say 100% of players at some point in their careers let performance on the golf course deter us from the golf course and I was a victim of that for a very long time.

“I think the moment I accepted that golf was just what I do but not who I am, it all fell into place for me.”

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