Inbee Park’s pursuit of world No. 1 Lydia Ko and the LPGA’s most important season-long awards appears in jeopardy with her withdrawal because of injury from the Blue Bay LPGA in China.
Park withdrew Thursday night after shooting a 75 in the first round and complaining of pain in the middle finger of her left hand. She told LPGA staff that she has been dealing with a cyst on the finger for about three weeks, and she is unsure when she will be able to tee it up again. After this week’s event, there are just three more LPGA tournaments left on the 2015 schedule.
Park was bumped to No. 2 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings Sunday when Ko ascended after winning the Fubon Championship in Taiwan. Park is in a tight race for the Rolex Player of the Year Award with Ko. They were tied for the points-based honor before Ko pulled ahead with her victory last week. Park is also second to Ko in races for the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the CME Globe.
Park isn’t on the field list for next week’s Toto Japan Classic, but she was expected to play in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational the week after that and then the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.