PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Ariya Jutanugarn withdrew from the Wegmans LPGA Championship with a sore right shoulder. The 17-year-old tripped when she ran down the 12th tee box at Locust Hill Country Club chasing older sister, Moriya, with a bottle of water.
“I wanted to try to make her wet,” Jutanugarn said. “My fault.”
Jutanugarn, now 15th in the Rolex Rankings, was on the range late Wednesday afternoon in a sling hitting one-armed shots. She said the doctor told her to rest two to four weeks. No bones were broken. Jutanugarn’s next goal: Getting well for the U.S. Women’s Open, to be played June 27-30 at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.
Jutanugarn missed last year’s U.S. Women’s Open when she fell on a nail the day before her qualifier.
A rookie on the Ladies European Tour, Jutanugarn had qualified for the four remaining majors. She has two sponsor exemptions left to use but doesn’t have any events lined up. She will continue trying to Monday qualify once her shoulder has healed.
Jutanugarn’s absence certainly knocks some of the wow factor out of the 12:37 p.m. group. She was set to play the first two rounds with 16-year-old amateur Lydia Ko and Michelle Wie. Playing alongside Wie has long been a dream of Ariya’s.
“I tell my sister all the time I really want to play with her,” Jutanugarn said. “I was so sad.”
She was replaced in the field by Song-Hee Kim, who also withdrew Wednesday. Mitsuki Katahira will replace Kim.
Two other big-name players bowed out of the Wegmans pro-am with injuries but are still signed up to compete in the main event. Yani Tseng has been a running a fever during the past few days due to inflammation of the tonsils, throat, tongue and gums, according to Tseng’s manager, Naya Hsu. Tseng practiced for a short time on Wednesday but spent most of the day resting.
Cristie Kerr tweaked her right arm practicing on Tuesday, causing her tendinitis to flare up. Tseng and Kerr hope the time off will lead to quick recoveries.