Bruised left hand hampers Sheehan


BETHESDA -- Patty Sheehan will be testing a bruised left hand when she begins play in the $1 million Mazda LPGA Championship at noon today at Bethesda Country Club.

Sheehan, third on the money list and with one win, injured her hand at a party in Wilmington, Del., Sunday night after the last round of the McDonald's Championship. She reached down to pick up a balloon at the same time somebody else went to kick it, connecting with her hand instead.

"It's basically bruised -- nothing major. The X-rays were negative," Sheehan said. "The knuckle on my index finger is sore and tender. Doctors didn't say anything about playing/not playing, so I'm going to try.

"I didn't play in the pro-am [yesterday] to give it an extra day's rest. I'm supposed to keep it elevated and iced. It doesn't look good for playing well.

"Recovery is day-to-day. Thursday-Friday are touch-and-go; hopefully, by the weekend I should be a lot better. Right now, I can hit it about 170 yards [vs. a regular 230-250], and it hurts at the top of the swing. We'll see."

NOTES: LPGA Hall of Fame member Louise Suggs is scheduleto hit the ceremonial first ball off the first tee at 7:25 this morning. . . . A 5-some headed by pro Lynn Connelly shot 55 to win the pro-am. Marilyn Quayle, wife of the vice president, played in a group headed by Judy Dickinson. Quayle played 13 holes before leaving for another appointment, and the team finished at 62.

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