LPGA Tour stars Suzann Pettersen, Paula Creamer, and Ai Miyazato may want to leave the NASCAR racing to Danica Patrick.
The three golfers and their traveling companions, including Pettersen’s mother, suffered what appeared to be minor neck pains after their involvement in a multi-car accident on the way to the airport following Sunday's final round of the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament.
Pettersen, who took part in a good-luck video card to Patrick (competing in Sunday’s Daytona 500 as the first woman to win the pole position), blogged and tweeted about the incident, suggesting that the event was an accident waiting to happen.
"We were driving on the highway pretty fast and at times maybe to ruff," Pettersen wrote on her website. "Meaning, no room for errors what so ever ! And it was just a matter of time we must say before something actually happend! Don’t know how it all went down, but in a split second the entourage of our 5 cars was all crushed together! Paula said she felt like a ping ping ball being hit from both ends pretty hard! I was in the last car and manage somehow to just miss the rest! Out of all the cars , the car I was in was the only car suited to take us to the airport! We are just happy no one got more seriously injured from the impact! Ai and Paula and some of the guys had some pain in their necks! It was a scary split second, where u realize how quick it can go!
"I took a picture in the car just before the incident, not knowing what was just about to happend! We were all lucky this time;)"
After making it to Singapore for next week’s HSBC Women’s Champions tourney, Pettersen followed up with a couple of tweets to assure fans the trio had arrived without further incident.
We are just glad we are all ok! Not a nice experience! On our way To the airport! twitter.com/suzannpetterse…— Suzann Pettersen (@suzannpettersen) February 24, 2013
Made it safe to Singapore! Lesson learned from earlier tonight: 1-always wear seat belts. 2- keep distance to car in front= safe driving!— Suzann Pettersen (@suzannpettersen) February 24, 2013
Anyone who’s ever experienced the "ping ping" effects of a car accident can attest that whiplash can have lasting impacts after the initial collision. It certainly bears watching on what, if any, symptoms dog the players going forward.
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