As a shoulder injury continues to nag Ariya Jutanugarn, the Thai teen has withdrawn from the final stage of LPGA Q-School, according to a family friend. Jutanugarn underwent surgery for the injury in July, but five months later, can only make half swings.
Jutanugarn, now 17, won Ladies European Q-School a year ago and played four events on that tour. She did not meet the 18-year-old age requirement to play on the LPGA tour for 2013, and was denied in her petition to play as a 17-year-old.
Jutanugarn played five LPGA events in 2013 (never finishing worse than a tie for fourth), and won the LET’s Lalla Meryem Cup for her first professional title. She started a steady climb in the Rolex Rankings that ended abruptly when she injured her right shoulder early week at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. She had a spot in each of the next three majors (U.S. Women’s Open, Ricoh Women’s British Open, Evian Championship), but had to withdraw.
With one LPGA event left this season, this week’s CME Group Titleholders, Jutanugarn is No. 30 in the Rolex Rankings. She plans to play the Honda LPGA Thailand next spring.