Park (finger) cleared to play at Lorena Ochoa


Inbee Park has been cleared by doctors to play the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico next week, according to her agent.

Park withdrew from the Blue Bay LPGA in China last week with pain in the middle finger of her left hand, uncertain when she would be able to play again.

She told LPGA staff she had been experiencing discomfort for about three weeks and was concerned she may have a cyst in the finger.

After withdrawing, she returned to her home in South Korea, where her agent, David Kim, said she saw a couple hand specialists.

“Nothing major,” Kim said. “She will be OK as long as she relaxes for a week. She will be good to go by the time she plays Lorena’s event.”

That’s good news for Park, who is battling Lydia Ko for some of the LPGA’s biggest season-ending awards and honors with just three weeks left in the season.

Park trails Ko by 33 points in the Rolex Player of the Year race, with the Ochoa event and the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship each offering 30 points to its winners.

Neither Park nor Ko is playing the Toto Japan Classic this week. Ko also leads Park in battles for the Vare Trophy for low scoring average and the money-winning title, but Park remains in striking distance for those honors, too.