Creamer has surgery on left thumb

Paula Creamer celebrates after making a putt during the 2009 Solheim Cup.

Paula Creamer underwent successful surgery on her left thumb Tuesday, according to a statement from IMG.

Creamer, previously diagnosed as having stretched ligaments in her left thumb, which lead to hyperextension of the metacarpal phalangeal joint, will return to play “after the necessary rehabilitation and training schedule,” according to the statement.

“Paula had ligament damage in the MCP joint of her left thumb, which needed to be repaired,” Dr. Thomas Hunt of Birmingham, Ala., said in the statement. “The surgery to reconstruct this ligament went beautifully and I expect Paula to recover fully and be back on the golf course soon.”

“While I am disappointed that I will have to miss time, the most important thing was to find the source of the problem and correct it, which my doctors are confident we have done,” Creamer said in the statement. “We looked at many options to try and continue playing, including splints and braces, but if surgery was going to be inevitable, we agreed that it made sense to go ahead with it, so I could return to play pain-free as soon as possible. While I will miss being on Tour for awhile longer, I will be working just as hard through the rehabilitation, and look forward to getting back to competition.”

Creamer shot 69 in the opening round of the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand, then withdrew with a sore thumb. She hasn’t played since, withdrawing from the event in Singapore and this week’s Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.

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