KOHLER, Wis. — Morgan Pressel posted a 10 on the 14th hole of the U.S. Women’s Open and then called it quits, citing a thumb injury. Pressel injured her left thumb at the Wegmans LPGA Championship last month. Her grandfather, Herb Krickstein, said it was the result of overuse.
Pressel had met with her instructor, Ron Stockton, that week in Rochester and pounded range balls. That coupled with thick rough led to De Quervain’s Tendonitis, a pain that starts in her left thumb and shoots up her forearm. Krickstein said the best thing for Pressel to do is rest her thumb, though a cortisone shot might also be a possibility.
Pressel opened with a 2-over 74 but struggled mightily on the second day. She shot 40 on the front side and was 15 over through 14 holes. She hit four greens on Friday and had 22 putts.