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October 14 2010

10:20 PM

Despite injury, Imada in the hunt

You wouldn't know it from the bogey-free 65 Ryuji Imada posted on Thursday, but he's still battling a rib injury that has been nagging him all season. "I had a little hairline fracture in my ribs. I wasn't able to practice much. I was able to hit balls," Imada said of the injury. He managed to take three weeks off in March to rest, but was told the injury would probably take longer to heal. "I feel it. It is not completely healed, but the bone is healed but ligaments around it is just not healed. "If you have a five, ten-year contract, you know, you can take a year off and still come back fresh. But in golf, you got -- you got one shot," he explained. "You got one year to prove yourself unless you are a major winner or tournament winner. And I'm not a -- I didn't win last year, so I don't have that privilege to just, you know, play decent and come back next year. I got to play well." Fortunately, the injury hasn't been hurting him during practice, but he says, "I know it's there and I got to be really careful with it." His status for next year is not completely secure. He currently sits at 110th on the money list -- a fact he is very aware of. "Not very comfortable. Obviously the number is going to be a little bit higher than what I'm at right now, I'm assuming. So really got to have a good week, and hopefully I can have a really enjoyable week next week in Vegas," he said. Imada is currently heading in the right direction at CordeValle, putting together a round good enough for a spot one-shot behind leader Rocco Mediate. If Imada can string together a few more rounds like today, moving higher on the money list shouldn't be a problem.
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