Shin out for two weeks with back injury

Jiyai Shin will sit out of the next two events on the LPGA schedule with a back injury.

Jiyai Shin will sit out of the next two events on the LPGA schedule with a back injury.

Jiyai Shin’s rather lackluster season took another hit when she was hospitalized with lower back pain. Shin played though discomfort two weeks ago at the CN Canadian Women’s Open, where she finished tied for sixth. She then flew to South Korea to compete in a KLPGA event last week where the pain grew worse.

Shin’s manager said doctors diagnosed her with Spondylolysis, a stress fracture on the spinal column. She also experienced pain caused by a synovial cyst.

The fifth-ranked Shin pulled out of this week’s event in Arkansas as well as next week’s Navistar LPGA Classic. She hopes to return to action Sept. 29 in China at the Imperial Springs LPGA. 

Winless so far this season, the former World No. 1 is 13th on the LPGA Money List. She has a pair of runner-up finishes, but carries significant pressure to win from her homeland. Shin has won eight LPGA titles since 2008.

Korean news outlets covered Shin’s injury extensively, even printing photos of her wearing what appears to be hospital-issued pajamas while being treated by a physician.

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