Auto accident forces Miyazato out of HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore

Ai Miyazato, shown here at the LPGA Thailand withdrew from the HSBC after hitting balls for about 15 minutes.
Sakchai Lalit / AP

SINGAPORE (AP) - Ai Miyazato has withdrawn from the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore as a precaution after she was hurt in a weekend auto accident.

Miyazato, the 2010 champion, withdrew on Wednesday after hitting balls for about 15 minutes.

The former No. 1-ranked Miyazato issued a statement saying she still had stiffness in her neck, shoulder and back ``but it is also a precautionary measure so as not to risk further injury.''

The U.S. LPGA Tour said Paula Creamer, Suzann Pettersen and Miyazato were involved in a five-vehicle crash in Thailand on Sunday.

Creamer told a pre-tournament news conference she had ``pretty bad whiplash from hitting the headrest but I took it easy and I hope that I can tee it up'' when the tournament starts on Thursday.

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