GUANGZHOU, China—Following the third round of PGA TOUR Series-China’s Mainland Qualifying Tournament at Foison Golf Club, where she shot a 5-over 76 Thursday, China’s Siyun Liu notified tournament officials she was withdrawing from the tournament due to extreme arm pain. The amateur has been suffering with recurring wrist issues all week stemming from an earlier injury.
“I tried to push through. I didn’t think I would be able to finish today, and my dad told me to stop. Even after taking two sets of ibuprofen, I still had a lot of pain, but I wanted to finish the round and see,” said Liu, who was attempting to become the first female to earn membership on a PGA TOUR-sanctioned Tour.
After signing for the 76 and consulting with her father, who served as her caddie, Liu made the decision to withdraw, considering her upcoming college golf schedule and how her health could affect her Wake Forest teammates as they attempt to win the 2020 national championship after finishing runner-up in 2019.
Liu struggled from the beginning of her third round after opening with a pair of 4-over 75s the first two days. Following pars on the first two holes of the day, Liu bogeyed Nos. 3 and 5 and added a double bogey-7 at the par-5 eighth. She made the turn in 40 strokes, at 4-over. She had three more bogeys—at Nos. 12, 13 and 14—before rebounding with birdies at the par-3 15th and the par-5 16th. Liu parred the final two holes of the afternoon. She would have finished the round tied for 23rd had she continued to play, a position on the leaderboard that would have left her in position to at least garner conditional membership at the end of the season.
Liu’s immediate plan is to get treatment for her wrist and return to the U.S., and continue working toward her degree while playing in the Demon Deacons’ upcoming spring tournaments.
“Since my main reason for playing this tournament was to prepare for my spring (college) season, and with advice from my dad, I decided to retire,” she said. “I really wanted to play, and it’s been very exciting, but I didn’t want my arm to hurt so much that if affects my spring season. I’m the captain, and I need to play for the team.”
As for a return to PGA TOUR Series-China?
“If I have any chance in the 2020 season, I would love to play on PGA TOUR China. If I could get a sponsor exemption or play in a Monday qualifier to earn a spot, I would definitely play here again,” she said. “My main goal right now is to try to qualify for LPGA Events, but I really like PGA TOUR Series-China, and it would be fun to play some tournaments here.”
Despite the disappointing finish and ultimately her decision to withdraw, Liu still looked at the week as a positive.
“PGA TOUR Series-China is like a big family. Everyone is very friendly, and I love playing here. The setting of the course is a bit more challenging for female players, but I really enjoyed the experience and the atmosphere of the competition.”