Cliff Pace, the defending Bassmaster Classic champion, sustained a serious injury from a hunting accident last Friday and will not be able to compete in the 2014 Classic.
Cliff Pace broke his left leg in two places and tore his ACL and left knee after falling down from a tree stand last Friday while hunting near his home town of Petal, Miss. Bassmaster.com reported that Pace, who was bow hunting by himself, tried to get up and walk away after the accident, but realized the injury was too serious to walk on.
“I called a friend to come get me, and the whole 45 minutes I was waiting for him to come I was thinking about Guntersville,” Pace said.
The 2014 Bassmaster Classic is set for February 21-23 in Guntersville, Alabama. Pace will not be able to put pressure on his leg for 10 to 12 weeks, and his doctor expects a full recovery to take longer. The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, the organization that administers the Bassmaster Classic, will allow Pace to compete in the 2015 Classic.
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While he is disheartened by not being able to compete in the event, he said that he will now be able to spend more time with his wife and their newborn child.
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