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McPherson WDs from Australia rehabbing from elbow surgery

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LAKE WORTH, Fla. – Kristy McPherson has withdrawn from the ANZ Ladies Masters in Australia to give herself more time to recuperate from off-season surgery.

She said Monday that she's optimistic her surgically repaired left elbow will be healed in time for the LPGA season opener at the Honda LPGA Thailand Feb. 17-20. The ANZ Ladies Masters is played the week before. She withdrew to give herself an extra week of rehabilitation.

McPherson, eager to make her second U.S. Solheim Cup team this year, underwent surgery to remove bone chips from her left elbow last month and also to repair a tendon. McPherson said she expects to begin hitting golf balls with half swings next week.

“The elbow bothered me pretty much the last half of last season,” McPherson said.

McPherson suffers from Still’s Disease, a form of rheumatoid arthritis. Doctors told her the damage that disease causes joints could have contributed to her elbow problems, but McPherson believes it's just the result of pounding so many golf balls for so long.

With a Solheim Cup year about to begin, McPherson is eager to get going and earn more points in a bid to make the American team for a second time. She begins the year ranked 10th on the U.S. Solheim Cup points list. The top 10 at the conclusion of the Safeway Classic Aug. 19-21 automatically qualify for the Sept. 23-25 matches at Killeen Castle in Ireland.