Juli Inkster will be sidelined three to six months while she heals from elbow surgery.
Inkster, the Hall of Famer with 31 LPGA victories and seven major-championship titles, underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn tendon in her right elbow. Dr. Michael Dillingham and Dr. Gordon Brody of the Sports Orthopedic and Rehabilitation center in Redwood City, Calif., teamed to reattach Inkster’s tendon and repair the ulnar nerve.
“It’s disappointing, I’ve never been hurt before,” Inkster told GolfChannel.com. “And I never, ever thought I would have to have surgery, but it’s a reality.”
Inkster, 51, said her right elbow began bothering her at the end of the 2010 season, when she battled a bout of tendinitis. It all came to a head at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational last fall, when she contended despite playing through worsening pain. She tried to avoid surgery, taking 10 weeks off without touching a club at season’s end, but the pain didn’t relent.
Inkster hopes the injury isn't career-ending. She's eager to begin rehabilitation.
“I would like to go out on my own terms, not because of injury,' Inkster said.