Michelle Wie Withdraws 13 Holes into the Evian Championship
Michelle Wie was forced to withdraw yesterday from the final major of the season, the Evian Championship, as the nagging finger injury that has sidelined her since August struck once again in France.
After winning her first major at this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, Wie seemed poised for a stellar summer. But in early August the 24-year-old withdrew from the Meijer Classic due to a “stress reaction” in the bone of her finger.
Last week Wie announced she would be returning to the LPGA Tour in time for Thursday’s Evian Championship, having been given the all clear from doctors. But 13 holes in to yesterday’s opening round the Nike player withdrew at 5-over.
Telling reporters, “I really wanted to play, but I wasn't at 100 percent...I didn't take into account the occasional rough shot, hard lie.” Adding, “My doctor told me, 'You're good to play, but if you hurt it, you have to stop right away, it could get worse.'”
Earlier in the week Wie admitted she had yet to play 18 holes but was hoping to work up to it in time for Thursday. With her swing coach, David Leadbetter stating, “She is only going at it at about 90 percent, but she looks pretty good.”
The golfer was excited to get back in competition but it looks like 18 holes proved too much her.
The action at the 5th major of the season continued after Wie’s exit with South Korea’s Kim Hyo Joo closing out the first round with a record-breaking 10-under 61, the lowest-ever score recorded during a major round. Giving the 19-year-old a four-stroke lead over Karrie Webb going into today.