ORLANDO, Fla. – For anyone who’s ever been knocked flat on his back, Leta Lindley’s somebody to root for this week at the LPGA Tour Championship.
Literally and figuratively, Lindley’s been leveled the past two seasons, only to wobble back on her feet to keep fighting.
Five months ago, she was in her socks tiptoeing down some wooden steps in guest housing on her way to an early morning practice round before the Shoprite Classic when she slipped and tumbled down the stairs and hurt her back.
“I was in severe, severe spasms and pain,” Lindley said. “I was really lucky I didn’t fracture anything.”
This was after a bulging disc limited her play in ’09.
“I was beginning to think I was cursed,” Lindley said.
Not this week, not after opening with a 2-under-par 70 to move into a tie for fourth at the LPGA Tour Championship. Lindley, 38, winner of the ’08 Corning Classic, missed two starts with the newest injury. In 11 starts this season, she’s made just four cuts with her best finish a tie for 21st. She was dealt another blow before teeing it up this week. She received a letter from Lija, her clothing contractor, informing her that they were downsizing and dropping her. She received no money in their deal, just clothing.
“It’s pretty sad when you get dumped by a company that’s not paying you anything,” Lindley said.
Lindley is 95th on the LPGA money list but is exempt through 2011 by virtue of her ’08 victory.
“It’s been a challenging year, but I’m starting to play some better golf,” she said.