Thumbs up: Injured South Korean golfer Park In-bee to compete at Olympic Games
The thumb injury had kept the world number three from playing in the US Women’s Open and the Meijer LPGA Classic
South Korean women’s world number three golfer Park In-Bee said on Monday she will compete in the Olympic Games after hinting last month that she may miss the Rio de Janeiro event due to a thumb injury.
The injury had kept Park from playing in the US Women’s Open in San Martin, California and the Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan as she focused on nursing her sprained thumb.
The 27-year-old, who also suffered a back injury that forced her to take a month-long break at the beginning of the season, said in June she would pass her spot at the Olympics to someone else if she did not recover fully in time.
But with a month left until the Rio Games, Park said the condition of her thumb had got “much better.”
“Competing in the Olympics has been my dream and goal,” Park said through her agency Galaxia SM.
“I will get into my best condition and do my utmost for good results at the Olympics.”
Her decision was made on the final day of qualification for the Olympics.
The top 15 players on the world rankings as of Monday will be eligible to compete in Rio, with a maximum of four players per nation.
Rio will stage Olympic golf for the first time in 112 years with 60 competitors each in the men’s and women’s events playing a 72 hole stroke play tournament.