Japan’s Ai Miyazato withdrew from this week’s Women’s HSBC Champions tournament in Singapore yesterday because of neck and shoulder pain caused by a car crash that involved other golfers.
World No. 13 Paula Creamer and seventh-ranked Suzann Pettersen were also involved in the six-car crash late on Sunday in Bangkok, where they were driving to the airport to catch a flight to Singapore for the US$1.4 million tournament which is scheduled to start today.
World No. 9 Miyazato, who won in Singapore in 2010, practiced for about 15 minutes at the Sentosa Golf Club yesterday before pulling out with whiplash.
“I have pain in my neck and shoulder, so I’ll sit this tournament out as a precaution,” the Japanese said in a statement.
American Creamer strained a muscle in her neck and sustained whiplash, but participated in a photo shoot on Tuesday with fellow LPGA Tour players Pettersen, Angela Stanford and world No. 1 Yani Tseng to promote the event.
“We’re just lucky enough that we all got away with no major injury,” Pettersen said.