Park (thumb) WD's from Evian, LPGA's final major

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Olympic gold medalist Inbee Park announced Wednesday that she has withdrawn from next month’s Evian Championship, the year’s final major championship, because of continuing struggles with her left thumb injury.

Park said it “was an incredibly hard decision to make” but the inflammation in the ligament and cartilage in her thumb remains a problem.

“The Evian Championship means so much to me, and I really wanted to see the beautiful Evian Resort Golf Club once again and compete to win,” Park said. “Unfortunately, my left thumb injury needs more rehabilitation than I wished for. Last week, I had to put on a cast to immobilize my left thumb and the recovery is potentially expected longer than the Evian Championship week. Therefore, I will be unable to commit to this year’s championship, and I will focus on getting fully recovered from the injury and put all efforts to being back on the golf course as soon as possible.”

Park, who won the Evian Championship in 2012, before it was deemed a major, has struggled with her thumb injury most of the year and played through pain winning the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.

The Asian swing begins at the end of September with South Korea’s lone LPGA event, the KEB Hana Bank Championship, scheduled Oct. 13-16 in Incheon. If Park is ready to play, she would get a huge welcome in her homeland.