Ariya Jutanugarn (shoulder) WDs from USWO
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Ariya Jutanugarn never even made it to New York. Two days before the start of the U.S. Women’s Open, the 17-year-old remains on the West Coast with a sore shoulder, unable to make her first Women’s Open start as a professional.
Jutanugarn placed a call to the U.S. Golf Association on Tuesday, relinquishing her spot in the national championship. She had been holding out, hoping her right shoulder would magically heal enough for her to play Sebonack Golf Club this week. Jutanugarn injured the shoulder early week at the Wegmans LPGA Championship when she ran down a hill chasing older sister Moriya with a bottle of water. She still struggles to raise her right arm without pain, and will instead stay with family friends in Los Angeles this week.
Next up for Jutanugarn, assuming the shoulder heals in the next few weeks, will be the Monday qualifier for the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I. That event will be played July 18-21. Jutanugarn also is exempt into the Ricoh Women’s British Open, to be played the following week.
Amateur Hannah Suh of Daly City, Calif., will replace Jutanugarn in the field. She was the first alternate out of the sectional qualifier in Daly City, Calif.