Players 2023: Tour pro nearly goes down with leg cramp, Golf Twitter has a field day

March 09, 2023

Min Woo Lee's Players Championship debut went about as well as he could have hoped as the Aussie signed for a first-round 68 that has him among the (very) early leaders. But it was one back-nine tee shot that brought him a bit of pain—and a lot of mocking.

The 24-year-old was cruising along at five under when he got to the 15th tee, hit a drive, and immediately yelled, "OH MY GOD!" before buckling over. Was he shot? Did he eat some bad sushi? Did he pop his Achilles? Nope. "I just got a cramp," he declared a moment later.

That was a big relief to Lee's friends, family, and backers, but it also wasn't the grittiest display from an athlete we've ever seen. Let's just say, it's probably best Min Woo pursued a career in golf, and not in, say, football. Anyway, here's the clip that we can all laugh at now:

"Yeah, it was a weird one because I had never experienced that before," Lee told reporters at TPC Sawgrass after. "It was kind of a funny story. I thought I had—at the beginning of the week I thought I had an allergic reaction to the electrolytes I was having, and if you don't have electrolytes you get cramps and then I got a cramp. Yeah, it put the puzzle pieces together, and that's what happened."

There you go, kids. Stay hydrated. And make sure you get plenty of electrolytes.

"I'll get some treatment after this, and yeah, I just swung my driver, and at the end of it I kind of overextended my calf and wasn't the best of timing, but I'm happy to get it done, and I didn't actually hit it that bad with the cramp," the two-time DP World Tour winner continued. "Thankful the physio came out and helped me out there."

Lee's drive wound up traveling 299 yards and splitting the fairway so maybe it was a pretty gritty effort after all. He parred the hole, birdied 16, but finished with back-to-back bogeys. And then had to see stuff like this on social media:

Tough crowd. Feel better, Min Woo.

UPDATE: It appears Min Woo has seen the social media mocking—and has joined the fun:

Well played, Min Woo. Well played.