This was going to be a special summer for Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak, but it’s suddenly clouded with doubt.
In the first week of July, Pak is scheduled to return to play the U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run, the site of her major championship breakthrough victory in 1998, the event that ignited a South Korean golf phenomenon, but Pak’s participation is in doubt after an injury forced her withdrawal this week from the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.
Pak, 34, slipped on the staircase to the clubhouse at The Crossings at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove course on Tuesday and hurt her left shoulder. She learned later that she tore the labrum in the shoulder while bracing her fall against a railing.
“Right now, there is no timeline for my return to the LPGA, but I know the next two months of rehab will be important to my recovery,” Pak, a 25-time LPGA winner with five major championship titles, said in a statement.
Pak is seeing Dr. James Andrews, the Alabama-based orthopedic specialist known for his treatment of high-profile athletes. Pak said she is hoping to avoid surgery through rehabilitation.
“I have a positive outlook, and I fully expect to return to the LPGA as soon as the time is right.”