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Jasmine Suwannapura’s leg didn’t just hurt. It was numb. Then it started to shake.
Five months earlier, at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters in early December 2015, Suwannapura had been limping through four rounds. But that would turn out to be from a bulging disc in her back, and through yoga and stretches, she was playing a month later. Suwannapura made five-straight cuts at one point.
Only now, when she woke up on the Monday ahead of the Kingsmill Championship in early May 2016, she had no sensation in her leg.
“Well, I did the morning routine of stretching and stuff. Went to the driving range, hit a couple balls, and I noticed that my leg was shaking instead of numb,” Suwannapura said. “So I just hit balls, finished the range and went on the 1st tee. I thought that maybe I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Maybe I just didn’t stretch enough or — I wasn’t even thinking much of it. Hit the driver, not that far.”
She laughs now, while looking back last week at this year’s Kingsmill, now renamed the Pure Silk Championship. Suwannapura continues.
“And then had a second shot like maybe 6-iron, like a punch shot for the second shot, and then as soon as I hit that shot, I heard a pop on my back. It was the most painful thing I ever experienced in life. All I did was just scream, and I just went down on the ground basically just screaming.