Pettersens aching hip worsens


Paula Creamer wins the U.S. Women’s Open with a swollen reconstructed thumb.

Lee Westwood limps his way to a runner-up finish at the British Open with a torn calf muscle.

Now Suzann Pettersen’s hobbling her way into contention at the Evian Masters with what she fears may be a torn tendon in her hip.

If Pettersen wins and vaults to No. 1 in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings, we may see a peculiar masochistic fad hit the tours. You know how golfers obsessively chase whatever works. We could see pain as the game's next swing aid.

Actually, there appeared to be nothing funny about Pettersen's predicament after she shot 2-under-par 70 Friday to position herself tied for eighth heading into the weekend. She's been battling tendinitis in a bad hip this season. She skipped the State Farm Classic in June with the problem and says it's getting worse.

“I don't know how much longer this will hold,' Pettersen told reporters after her round. 'I'm playing right on the limit of what I can do. To be honest, it's not good.

“But I just want to make it through these few weeks. I want to just make it through Canada, because then we have a four-week break. It's only getting worse.”

The Ricoh Women’s British Open, the year’s last major for women, is next week. The CN Canadian Women’s Open is the last week in August. Pettersen was asked if she thought she might need surgery.

“No, I hope not,” she said. “It's just chronic tendonitis, and now I'm just afraid I ripped it off. We'll see.”