Rolex world No. 2 Inbee Park withdrew from Thursday’s season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic citing a back injury after posting a 7-over-par 80.
Park also withdrew from next week’s Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Fla. She hopes to make her return in a month at the Honda LPGA Thailand.
“I’ve always had a little lower-back problem and some weeks it just gets a bit worse and today happened to be one of those days,” Park told LPGA media. “Hopefully, in Thailand, I’ll be in really good shape.”
Park’s 80 was her highest score in an LPGA event in seven years, since she shot an 81 in the final round of the LPGA Championship in 2009.
Park struggled through minor back pain at times last year but it was never serious enough to where it caused her to miss an event. She did withdraw from the Blue Bay LPGA in China in late October with pain caused by a cyst on the middle finger of her left hand, but she returned two weeks after having it removed and won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
On Wednesday in the Bahamas, Park talked about how frustrating the start of a season typically is for her because she feels as if she never gets off to good starts.
“Fall and winter, I’m horrible,” Park said. “Sometimes, in winter time when I play, I’m like, `You’re so bad.’”