Pettersen set to make return at Swinging Skirts Inv.


Suzann Pettersen is ready to make her return to the LPGA after a month off recovering from a back injury.

Pettersen, No. 2 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, will tee it up in Thursday’s start of the new Swinging Skirts Invitational at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco.

“When you get injured, it really sucks not to be able to play,” Pettersen said Tuesday in her pretournament news conference. “Then you really get in, like, a revenge mode. Like, OK, I’m going to beat this and come back even stronger. That’s kind of my mentality in everything you face.”

Pettersen withdrew from the Kia Classic in late March after hurting herself off the golf course. She said she had a back issue 10 years ago, but hadn’t had any back problems since, not until the week leading into the Kia Classic. While she said she did aggravate a disc, mostly, the issue is musculature in her lower back.

“Really came out of the blue,” Pettersen said. “I happened to bend over, and I felt, bending over, it snapped.”

Pettersen did not pick up a golf club for three weeks. She returned to work with swing coach David Leadbetter last week.

“I was in a lot of pain for probably almost three weeks, to the point where being flat-out horizontal is all I did,” she said.

Pettersen is making her return after rest and physical therapy.