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Why it took one man seven months to finish a round of golf

May 09, 2016

James Hahn wasn't the only golfer who showed incredible perseverance over the weekend in North Carolina. As you've probably heard by now, Hahn won the Wells Fargo Championship despite arriving at Quail Hollow Club with eight straight missed cuts. Pretty inspiring stuff. But about 90 minutes away at Greensboro's Starmount Country Club, Kevin Reinert overcame severe obstacles of his own to play one hole that was seven months in the making.

The retired U.S. Air Force Col. was on the 18th tee there on Oct. 6 when he was hit by a stolen car being driven by a man trying to escape the police. We dubbed him the "unluckiest golfer ever" at the time.

Reinert, 61, suffered two broken kneecaps, a broken left femur, torn ligaments, and an injured shoulder. He was told it would be at least a year before he could play golf again, but he beat the estimate when he returned to the 18th hole on Friday evening with friends and family to finish his round.

Here's the video from Fox8 in Greensboro:

Reinert undergoes multiple physical therapy sessions each week and he's targeting a return to full rounds of golf this summer. Still in a lot of pain, especially from his knees, he made a solid bogey on the closing par 5 on Friday.

"I've had better scores on a golf course," Reinert said. "But never a better time on a golf course."