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Creamer undergoes thumb surgery

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Paula Creamer had surgery Tuesday to repair her ailing left thumb, according to her management team.

Dr. Thomas Hunt reconstructed the ligament in the thumb's metacarpalphalangeal joint during a procedure in Birmingham, Ala. The ligament stabalizes the joint.

“I expect Paula to recover fully and be back on the golf course soon,” Hunt said in a statement released by IMG, which represents Creamer.

Exactly how long Creamer will be out is unclear. She withdrew from the Kraft Nabisco two weeks ago and is missing her first major championship since turning pro in 2005. She first injured her thumb hitting a shot from the rough at the Wegmans LPGA last June and aggravated it six weeks ago in the LPGA season opener in Thailand. She withdrew after the first round in Thailand and hasn’t played since.

“While I am disappointed that I will have to miss time, the most important thing was to find the source of the problem and correct it, which my doctors are confident we have done,” Creamer said in the statement. “We looked at many options to try and continue playing, including splints and braces, but if surgery was going to be inevitable, we agreed that it made sense to go ahead with it, so I could return to play pain free as soon as possible. While I will miss being on tour for awhile longer, I will be working just as hard through the rehabilitation, and look forward to getting back to competition.”