Inbee Park withdraws from US Women's Open
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 23, 2016 09:53 AM
FILE - In this May 19, 2016, file photo, Inbee Park, of South Korea, watches her tee shot on the second tee during the first round of the Kingsmill Championship golf tournament at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. Inbee Park will have a memorable first round of the Women's PGA Championship, the round needed to become the youngest player to become eligible for the LPGA Hall of Fame. It's the rest of the tournament that's an unknown for the three-time defending champion of the event. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — Inbee Park withdrew from the U.S. Women's Open on Wednesday because of a left thumb injury. The tournament is July 7-10 at CordeValle.
The second-ranked South Korean player won the event in 2008 at Interlachen and 2013 at Sebonack. She has been fighting inflammation in the tendons and ligaments around her thumb. Park last played in the KPMG Women's PGA, the final event she needed to complete the 10-year requirement for the LPGA Hall of Fame.
Yunjie Zhang, a 17-year-old Chinese amateur, got Park's spot in the field. Zhang was the first alternate from Chinese qualifying site. Hannah Burke of England, the first alternate from the English qualifying site, also got into the field.