A. Jutanugarn's status unknown; O'Toole in
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – A bit of horseplay, and a subsequent sore shoulder, could cost Ariya Jutanugarn a second major start this week at the U.S. Women’s Open. The 17-year-old injured her left shoulder early week at the Wegman’s LPGA Championship while chasing older sister Moriya down an incline with a bottle of water. Ariya’s status was uncertain Monday after she underwent an MRI on June 20, but a family friend reported that the shoulder still was sore.
Jutanugarn, No. 17 in the Rolex Rankings, was surpassed this weekend by 16-year-old Lydia Ko after Ko tied for fourth at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Ko, in the field this week, is ranked No. 16, up from No. 19 a week ago.
This week at Sebonack Golf Club would be Jutanugarn’s first major start as a professional, as she didn’t qualify for the season’s first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Jutanugarn also is exempt into the next two majors, the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the Evian.
Sister Moriya, low amateur at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open, will not play this week after falling one shot short of qualifying out of the Baltimore sectional qualifier.
While Ariya’s status remained uncertain on Monday, Karin Sjodin of Sweden withdrew, also citing an injured shoulder. Ryann O’Toole, a member of the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup team, took her place.
O’Toole was one of three players to earn a last-minute spot in the Women’s Open. Christel Boeljon, an LPGA player who was the first alternate out of the sectional qualifier in River Vale, N.J., was added to the field in the spot reserved for the winner of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship (Inbee Park already was exempt). Recent Ohio State graduate Amy Meier, the first alternate out of the St. Louis sectional, earned a spot reserved for a player inside the top 25 in the Rolex Rankings not in the field.