Sore winner: Golfer breaks shin jumping in lake

Thomas Levet of France celebrates his victory after winning the French Golf Open at the Golf National in Saint Quentin en Yvelines, West of Paris, Sunday, July 3, 2011. AP Photo/Bob Edme

Athletes get hurt all the time. But only a select few manage to self inflict injuries while celebrating.

There was Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte who was so fired up over a touchdown against the Giants in 1997 that he head-butted a cement wall behind the end zone. His reward? A strained neck and trip to the hospital.

And who could forget Cardinals kicker Bill Gramatica jumping for joy after nailing a game-winning field goal in 2001 - and tearing his ACL in the process. He was out of the NFL within three years.

More recently, in 2009, we witnessed Angels star Kendrys Morales break his leg celebrating a walk-off grand slam. He hasn't played since.

Now, improbably, a French golfer has somehow managed to add his name to the list.

Thomas Levet was so ecstatic about winning the French Open on Sunday that he jumped into a lake to celebrate. Turns out the poor guy shattered his shin bone in the process.

Quel dommage, Monsieur Levet.

The 42-year-old, who is now pondering his exuberance in a leg cast, might miss next week's British Open as a result.

We probably shouldn't mock Levet too much though. After all, Tiger Woods is going to miss the British Open too - and at least Levet has a victory to his credit this year.

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