Retief Goosen

Bad way to make splash

In golf parlance, bodies of water are classified as "hazards."

And, we've come to learn, not only for wayward shots.

For Thomas Levet, a French Open victory leap turned into a British Open withdrawal when doctors told him his broken shin requires surgery to insert screws and a plate.

"However, the wonderful memory of winning my national Open will definitely keep me going through my recovery," the Frenchman said in giving up his spot next week at Royal St. George's.

Call it a consolation prize.

Hey, Levet had every reason to be giddy at Le Golf National. The 42-year-old pro has been playing his national championship since his teens, only to...