Chun withdraws from Kia Classic because of back injury

Updated Mar. 5, 2020 1:29 a.m. EST

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) U.S. Women's Open champion In Gee Chun has withdrawn from the Kia Classic next week at Aviara because of a back injury suffered in an airport accident in Singapore.

Chun pulled out of the tournament Wednesday night.

She was injured before the Singapore event two weeks ago when fellow South Korean player Ha Na Jang's father dropped a hard-case suitcase that tumbled down an escalator and struck Chun in the lower back.

Chun missed the Singapore tournament and the JTBC Founders Cup this week in Phoenix.


Jang went on to win in Singapore to move into the No. 2 spot in the race for the four positions on South Korea's Olympic team - and bump Chun to fifth.