Pak in hunt in London

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

Tournament officials were breathing a sigh of relief yesterday after being informed Se Ri Pak is coming to London.

She is expected to arrive sometime today or tomorrow.

The 22-time winner on the LPGA Tour pulled out of the British Open on Friday after suffering a strained neck leaving tournament officials with the Canadian Women's Open wondering if she would play in this week's tournament at the London Hunt and Country Club. The tournament begins Thursday.

Pak's agent told the Royal Canadian Golf Association Pak would compete.

"No doubt she's one of the bigger names we have at the event,'' said Anthony Alfred, the RCGA's director of media relations. "It's very good news.''

The RCGA had faced the prospect of losing two of its major attractions when Juli Inkster, citing fatigue, withdrew last week. Between Inkster and Pak -- both members of the World Golf Hall of Fame -- they have won 52 tournaments and about $20 million US.

Pak has been bothered by neck, shoulder, lower back and finger injuries this year.

Tournament officials also advised Pak's agent that there are outstanding hospital and medical facilities in London, including the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic.

In another development, the RCGA said British Open winner Sherri Steinhauer will not be at the tournament.

The RCGA said her name was inadvertently included on a press release this week, which listed former Canadian Open winners coming to this year's tournament. The Free Press reported yesterday that Steinhauer would play in London.

The RCGA said Steinhaurer had made a "verbal commitment'' in May, but later withdrew and they forgot to delete her name from the news release.


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