Having been sidelined for more than a month, teen phenom Ariya Jutanugarn will reportedly undergo surgery next week in Thailand to repair her injured right shoulder.
According to the Bangkok Post, the 17-year-old will go under the knife Monday to address an injury she sustained last month at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. The operation will take place in Bangkok, where Jutanugarn arrived Wednesday from the United States.
Despite beginning the year with no status on the LPGA, Jutanugarn has consistently been a force to be reckoned with this season, finishing no worse than a tie for fourth in five LPGA starts and rising to 17th in the world rankings in the process. She nearly won the Honda LPGA Thailand in her home country in February and has accrued $447,722 in earnings already this season, which would currently place her 13th on the 2013 LPGA money list if she were a member.
Jutanugarn injured the shoulder when she fell on the course during a practice round June 3 at Locust Hill. The injury forced her to withdraw and she has not played competitively since, missing out on the U.S. Women's Open two weeks ago. According to the report, it is unclear when the teen will be able to return to tournament play, and it is 'not likely' that she will be in the field for the Ricoh Women's British Open, which will be played Aug. 1-4 at the Old Course at St. Andrews.