SEOUL — Top South Korean golfer JiYai Shin will miss scheduled LPGA tour events in the United States and Ireland this month due to a back injury, according to her agent.
Shin, 23, was hospitalised in Seoul on Monday with severe back pain and cancelled all her scheduled competitions for the rest of September, SEMA Sports Marketing said in a statement.
"She is suffering from pain in the back and the right big toe... she has to be treated for three weeks," the statement quoted her doctor as saying.
Shin, currently the world number five in women's golf, had been scheduled to compete in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama from September 15-18 and the Solheim Cup in Ireland from September 23-25.
"Shin will miss these events... we will decide whether or not to cancel other tournaments in the future depending on her condition by the end of the week," a SEMA spokesman told AFP.
Shin said in the statement she had been suffering the problem since playing in the Canadian Women's Open in August.
"It got even worse since I played in a local tournament... I'll get necessary treatment and will focus on tours for the rest of the year," she said.
The 2009 LPGA Tour rookie of the year has won more than 30 titles at home and abroad, including eight LPGA and three JLPGA titles, since she turned professional in 2005.
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