Park (66) doesn't want thumb to be distraction


RIO DE JANEIRO – Inbee Park continues to be fairly mysterious about her injured left thumb. She hasn’t played on the LPGA in two months, and a couple weeks ago she missed the cut in a Korean LPGA event, which served as a warm-up start for the Olympics.

She contends it doesn’t bother her.

On Tuesday she said she may get an MRI on it next week. Wednesday, after shooting a stellar opening-round 66, she answered some questions about it, but when asked to elaborate she said she didn’t want to answer more questions because it’s becoming a distraction.

“My injury felt pretty good and ball-striking to putting, everything, felt like I was quite ready,” Park said. “I’m very happy to see the results like today.”

Olympic golf coverage: Articles, photos and videos

It’s a welcome sight. Park has been hampered all year, resulting in three WDs, two missed cuts and no victories. The last time she played on the LPGA was at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, where she missed the cut, even though the start officially sent her into the LPGA’s Hall of Fame.

So the questions about her injury were justified, even though Park played well at Olympic Golf Course. But finally, Park had enough.

“I really think it doesn’t matter how my thumbs feels right now,” she said. “I want to give it my best this week, and that injury is not going to be a problem this week.”