Inbee Park has withdrawn from next month’s UL International Crown because of the left thumb injury that has plagued her most of this season, the LPGA announced Wednesday.
Park will be replaced on the Republic of Korea team by So Yeon Ryu when the international team event is played July 21-24 at the Merit Club outside Chicago.
“After the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, I met with doctors and my medical team and they strongly recommended rest for my left thumb injury to heal,” Park said in a statement. “In addition, the UL International Crown is currently one month away and I’m uncertain my injury would heal within that time frame. Therefore, with my unfortunate injury conditions, I am sad to say I cannot commit to UL International Crown this year and giving an opportunity to one of my Korean colleagues seemed more appropriate.”
Park also has withdrawn from the U.S. Women’s Open at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., in two weeks. She’s a two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion
Park’s withdrawals raise questions over whether she will be ready to compete in the Olympics in August. The Olympic teams are set on July 11. Park said at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship two weeks ago that she intended to alert Korean Olympic officials in July as to whether she would be able to compete in Rio de Janeiro.
Ha Na Jang was the first alternate for the Korean team but withdrew her name from consideration as she also has been battling health issues that have included treatment for anemia.
Shiho Oyama of Japan will be replaced by Ai Suzuki after withdrawing due to a back injury, and Simin Feng will step up and compete for China after Shi Yuting withdrew due to a schedule conflict.