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Marc Cayeux

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 2/22/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 216

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Marc Cayeux opened the IGT Tour's Race to Q School #9 with a 4-over-par 76.
Never mind the score. He's had 28 surgeries since the fatal, head-on collision in September of 2010. Today marked his first round in live competition. "It was an overwhelming first day, but it filled me with joy to see that the last five years haven’t gone to waste," he said. "It’s a lot of fun to have Jana (wife) caddie for me for the first time in 13 years. ... Now we are aiming to finish level for the tournament." Cayeux plans to get back European Tour action in early January. "I hope to make my return in the SA Open (on Jan. 7-10), but there is such a vast difference playing social rounds and competitive golf and I don’t know how I will do," he added. "I am really grateful to the Sunshine Tour that they released me to play the IGT Tour this week. It’s a great tour to get back into a competitive mindset and to see if I can walk the full 54 holes under time pressure." Tue, Dec 1, 2015 01:52:00 PM

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Marc Cayeux has circled the 2016 Zimbabwe Open as a hopeful return to competition.

The 2015 edition was contested four weeks ago in its customary slot in April, so it's likely that the 37-year-old will be rehabbing another 11 months before seeing live action again. That it's a potential reality at all is a hell of a story. If he's able to play again, he'll have had 28 surgeries due to the injuries suffered in a fatal car crash on Sept. 25, 2010. "What keeps me going is the Ben Hogan story," Cayeux said, referring to the Hall of Famer's head-on collision with a bus in 1949. "I keep looking at that and I tell myself if he was able to do it I’m also going to try and do it. I’d be happy if I can be a tenth of what he was. Even though doctors told me my body’s been through too much and I would never play again I’d tell myself that doctors don’t specialize in golf. If you listen to what people say you will never achieve anything. Your mind is very powerful. ... If you have a dream in life chase it and you’ve got to go for it at 110 percent."
Sun, May 10, 2015 02:50:00 PM

In an update at, Marc Cayeux is eyeing late 2015 to attempt a comeback to professional golf.

It's been nearly four years (Sept. 25, 2010) since the nine-time Sunshine Tour winner was seriously injured in a head-on car crash that killed the other driver, who hit Cayeux. Twenty-seven surgeries later, including one that shortened one leg by two inches, he's not giving up on his dream. "I believe if [Ben] Hogan could do it then so can I," Cayeux said, referring to the Hall of Famer's successful return following a head-on collision with a bus in February of 1949. "People say, ‘Your body’s been through too much. You won’t make it’. But if you just go on everyone’s word, you won’t accomplish anything. The only way to find out is to do it yourself. If golf’s not meant to be my body will tell me I can’t do it. But mentally I believe I can. These four years have made me mentally stronger. And Hogan showed it could be done. The way I see it, with modern technology and modern medicine, there’s a chance." In a pro-am in April 2013, the now-36-year-old shot a 75.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 02:29:00 PM

Marc Cayuex returned to play golf publicly at today's pro-am for the Zimbabwe Open.

Cayeux's comeback from a fatal collision on Sept. 25, 2010 has taken a considerable amount of time. However, only today was it revealed that he's had 21 surgeries, and he's not done yet. "It feels good, but the pain I go through is the hard bit," he said. "I’ve probably got two more operations to go [hernia; left ankle] and I’m hoping they will take a lot of pain from walking, and making it a whole lot easier to walk and play 18 holes." The Zimbabwean carded an impressive 75 today, but his primary goal is to merely walk 18 holes, much less accept the grinding life of a touring professional again. "After shooting 75 today, I felt there was something there, but the pain I have to go through. ... Look, it’s getting better, but you’ve got to stretch yourself to get further and further, and I don’t want to rush back by overdoing it. Sometimes, when I have played, the pain is excruciating and I can’t walk the next day."
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:37:00 AM

In a rare update on Marc Cayeux, it was reported that he is mobile via crutches these days, but still on the path of recovery following the fatal car crash in which he was involved on Sept. 25, 2010.

We've kept an eye on the native of Zimbabwe. He hasn't competed since the incident, and his pace to heal from multiple injuries has been slow. Consider that he had realistic hopes of returning to an event in his homeland in January of 2011. A few months before his accident, he survived International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship in South Africa, the most recent edition of which was contested earlier this week. Cayeux also competed twice in the HSBC Champions on the European Tour before it joined the family of World Golf Championships in 2009.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 10:58:00 AM

Marc Cayeux has been ruled out to return to competition at the Zimbabwe Open on Jan. 27-30.

Since he was seriously injured in a fatal vehicle collision in late September, the Zimbabwean had this Sunshine Tour event circled for a potential comeback even though doctors said it could be six months before he could put weight on his feet, much less play golf again.
Wed, Jan 19, 2011 03:23:00 PM

On Sept. 25, Zimbabwe's Marc Cayeux sustained multiple injuries in a head-on collision that killed the other driver.

Cayeux was alone in his vehicle when, in an effort to avoid a cow, an oncoming police truck swerved into Cayeux's lane. The female police officer died on the scene. The golfer suffered a broken and dislocated left ankle, a shattered right knee and a broken right femur. Stress from his seat belt tore stomach muscles from bone. After initial treatment, a blood clot in his leg was surgically removed. He also faces cosmetic surgery on his left ankle. "He is doing well and we’re hoping he will be out of hospital in four weeks time," said his wife, Jana. The nine-time Sunshine Tour champion lost his European Tour card after a disappointing 2009 season. He hopes to return to competition in his homeland in February. "At this stage, he says he wants to get fit enough to play in the Zimbabwe Open next year," said Jana, "but the physiotherapists have warned that it might be six months before he is able to put weight on his feet."
Thu, Oct 7, 2010 07:56:00 PM

Marc Cayeux, Jeremy Kavanagh and Jaco Ahlers qualified for the British Open via the International Final Qualifying event in Durban, South Africa today.

Ranked 247th in the world, Cayeux played up to his billing as the favorite in Durban, medaling at 3-under-par 137 in the 36-hole qualifier, one stroke clear of Kavanagh and Ahlers. All three will be making their first appearance in a major. Among the notables that failed to qualify were Darren Fichardt, who won last week's Nashua Masters, where Cayeux finished 2nd, and former PGA Tour member, Jaco Van Zyl, who withdrew from the IFQ after 18 holes.
Wed, Feb 4, 2009 10:46:00 AM