World No. 2 Inbee Park Sidelined by Left Thumb Injury

Inbee Park tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Kia Classic.
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DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Inbee Park said Friday that she is taking a month off because of a thumb injury, pushing back her LPGA Hall of Fame qualification.

The second-ranked Park withdrew from the Swinging Skirts Classic this week because of a ligament injury in her left thumb. She hopes to return to play late next month in the Kingsmill Championship.

Park needs to make three more starts to reach 10 events this year and fulfill the 10-year tour membership requirement for Hall of Fame induction. She missed time this season after withdrawing from the season-opening event in the Bahamas because of back pain after a first-round 80.

Park won five times - including two majors - last season and has 17 career LPGA Tour victories.

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