Eathorne's injury means end to season cancels season

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

A.J. Eathorne not only pulled out of the Canadian Women's Open yesterday, but she also pulled the plug on her season.

The native of Penticton, B.C., who lives in Phoenix, said a wrist injury that has been bothering her for months flared up again at the London Hunt and County Club and forced her to withdraw after an opening-round score of 84.

Eathorne said she thinks she has tendinitis, caused by repetitively hitting golf balls from hard ground, but she isn't sure. She has tried taping the wrist, MRIs, cortisone shots and physiotherapy. She saw a doctor in Phoenix, the same one who operated on Canadian PGA player Ian Leggatt.

Eathorne said, however, that she wanted to stay away from surgery for the moment.

She said there could be a slight tear in one of the ligaments, but doctors aren't sure. She might try acupuncture next.

"I've heard that's kind of the miracle cure, or can be. I'll give that a chance and maybe it will get better with a good amount of rest without touching the clubs and without doing that motion that really hurts it."

Eathorne made her decision to withdraw after Thursday's round, but admitted she probably shouldn't have even teed it up.

"It wasn't my week," she said. "Now I can go home and give it a 100-per-cent effort to try and get it better and come back for next year.

"I probably wouldn't have played, but being a Canadian through and through, the one thing you want to do is play in your own Open.''

She said the LPGA Tour permits players to participate in only 12 events a year or they lose their eligibility to take a medical leave, which prompted yesterday's announcement.

When Eathorne returns home, she'll look for a job while she's off the tour. She said it's not the income that matters most, but a job would keep her mind off golf and keep her busy. Otherwise, she might be tempted to pick up the clubs and hit some balls.

After Eathorne left the Hunt Club yesterday, she spent time visiting kids at the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario.


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