Ai Miyazato withdrew from the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore on Wednesday as a precaution after she was hurt in a weekend auto accident.
Miyazato, the 2010 champion, withdrew after hitting balls for about 15 minutes, skipping the pro-am and telling organizers she was still battling whiplash.
''I still have some stiffness in my neck, shoulder, and back area, but it is also a precautionary measure so as not to risk further injury this early in the season,'' the former No. 1-ranked Miyazato said in a statement. ''I now plan to return to Japan to see my trainer for a few days.
''I am very disappointed to withdraw from the HSBC Women's Champions, as I really love this tournament.''
The LPGA Tour said Paula Creamer, Suzann Pettersen and Miyazato were involved in a five-vehicle crash as they were traveling to an airport in Thailand on Sunday to catch flights for Singapore.
Creamer told a pre-tournament news conference in Singapore she had ''pretty bad whiplash" from hitting the h...