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Ailing Suzann Pettersen out of Kraft Nabisco

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Ailing Suzann Pettersen out of Kraft Nabisco
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Suzann Pettersen of Norway, tees off the the 2nd hole during the LPGA Taiwan Championship tournament at the Sunrise Golf & Country Club, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Yangmei, northern Taiwan. Pettersen finished the tournament with 9 under par with total of 279. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) -- Second-ranked Suzann Pettersen withdrew from the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Tuesday because of an aggravated disk in her back.

The Norwegian also withdrew last week before the Kia Classic in Carlsbad.

She released a statement through the LPGA Tour, saying: ''I dearly love this event and would do anything to play. At this point, I just need to be smart and not make a bad situation worse.''

Pettersen also missed the season-opening event in the Bahamas because of a shoulder injury. She won four times last season and has 14 career LPGA Tour victories.

The Kraft Nabisco, the first major championship of the season, begins Thursday at Mission Hills. Pettersen tied for third last season.

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