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Masson attempting to win ROY despite broken thumb

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NAPLES, Fla. – Caroline Masson will try to wrap up the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award this week with a broken right thumb.

Masson, who leads an extremely tight points race for the award, fractured her right thumb playing table tennis three days before the Mizuno Classic in Japan two weeks ago. She smashed her hand against the table. She struggled playing with the injury in Japan, tying for 60th. She’s playing the CME Group Titleholders this week with her thumb wrapped in a splint.

“I can play,” Masson said while chipping balls at Tiburon Wednesday. “I have less control, because I can’t grip it like I normally do, but it’s fine.”

Masson leads the Rookie of the Year points list with 474. Moriya Jutanugarn is right behind her with 463 and Ayako Uehara is third with 384. All three are in this week’s field. With 150 points up for grabs to the winner, all three have a chance to win the award.

“Obviously, it would mean a lot to win it,” said Masson, a German who this summer helped Europe win the Solheim Cup for the first time on American soil. “It would be great to join the great list of players who have won the award.”

JoAnne Carner, Amy Alcott, Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan, Beth Daniel, Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak, Paula Creamer and Yani Tseng are among players who have won the award.