We are always reminded how blessed we are to play golf for a living, to travel with the LPGA Tour and compete at the highest levels. The beautiful places, the interesting people, the wonderful comradery among my sisters on the LPGA Tour. It’s a good life and we all know it. Of course, golf is hard. When you’re struggling with your game, it seems like the most frustrating profession in the world. But then, at some point, reality hits you. An injury, an illness. At some point you realize that the game can be taken away from you in an instant. Your life’s work and all your dreams can be snatched away from you. That is the moment when you appreciate just how blessed you really are.
At the end of 2015, I was playing in an event in Dubai on the Ladies European Tour. At that time, I had LET status because I had won a co-sanctioned event in India. But as I was playing, I had a pain and numbness in my leg. My mom was there with me and she asked me, “Are you sure you want to play?” I told her, “I like this course. I’m here. I’m a fighter. I want to keep playing.” But every shot, I was stretching and the numbness and aching in my leg just wouldn’t go away.
I fought through the pain. Shanshan Feng won by 10 strokes and I finished second, limping on one leg.