World’s top-ranked female golfer Nelly Korda forced to pull out of upcoming tournament after dog bite

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Nelly Korda was set to compete at the Ladies European Tour (LET) event in England next week, but the world’s No. 1 women’s golfer was forced to withdraw from the tournament after suffering a bizarre injury.

In an Instagram post on Friday, Korda confirmed that she would need time to recover from a dog bite, meaning she would not be able to compete.

The Ladies European Tour Aramco Team Series tournament is scheduled to begin in Hemel Hempstead on Wednesday and end on July 5.

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Nelly Korda looks on during a golf event

Nelly Korda looks on while playing the seventh hole during the second round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington, on June 21.

“I regret to announce that I must withdraw from next week’s Ladies European Tour tournament in London,” Korda said in the statement. “On Saturday in Seattle, I was bitten by a dog and need time to receive treatment and recover fully.”

She also offered an apology to her fans and others.

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“I apologize to the LET, the sponsors, and my fans for my absence,” Korda said. “Thank you for your understanding, and I look forward to returning to the course soon.”

Korda finished last year’s tournament in first place to earn her third career Ladies European Tour win.

Nelly Korda tees off

Nelly Korda hits a tee shot on the tenth hole during the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on May 30. (John Jones-USA TODAY Sports)

Korda did not offer any other details surrounding the biting incident. She was on the golf course last week as she competed in the Women’s PGA Championship in Sammamish, Washington, but she ultimately missed the cut in that start.

Nelly Korda swings

Nelly Korda tees off on the 12th hole during the championship round of the Chevron Championship at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas, on April 21. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images)

Korda also did not specify when she would return to competitive golf. After next week’s event, the next scheduled tournament on the LPGA Tour, the Amundi Evian Championship, is slated to begin on July 11.

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Korda is a two-time major championship winner and an Olympic gold medalist. She is scheduled to travel to Paris next month to represent the U.S. in the women’s golf competition at the Olympic Summer Games.

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