Somewhat lost in the news on Tuesday that Tiger Woods had withdrawn from the 2014 Masters was that the number two Rolex ranked Suzann Pettersen would also not be playing in the LPGA Tour’s first major championship as well. The 32 year-old Pettersen has been suffering from a bulging disk in her back, and has withdrawn from The Kraft Nabisco Championship at Rancho Mirage which tees off on Thursday.
After withdrawing from the Kia Classic last week, Suzann walked into the fitness trailer on Tuesday morning at Mission Hills, and notified officials that she would not be teeing it up in the years first major. She also missed the season opening Pure Silk Bahamas because of shoulder problems.
Suzann Pettersen has 14 career victories on the LPGA Tour, and with four win in 2013, was putting a serious challenge on the number one ranked Inbee Park for that position.
She released a statement through the LPGA Tour, saying: “I dearly love this event and would do anything to play. At this point, I just need to be smart and not make a bad situation worse.”
Swing coach, David Leadbetter warned the press on Monday that her status for the immeadiate future was in doubt.
“He said her back is in such bad shape he doesn’t even want her to fly,” Leadbetter said.
“You know how she works out, she’s so super fit,” he said. “You do that to protect yourself from this sort of stuff. Sometimes you wonder, well, maybe she’s working out too hard.”
Pettersen, whose 14 LPGA victories include two major championships, owns five top-5 finishes at the Kraft, including runners-up showings in 2007, ’08 and ’10. Leadbetter said she had high hopes for this year’s event.