Michelle Wie has had a rough year — at least as far as her competitive golf career is concerned. Back in October, Wie revealed that she had undergone hand surgery and would be out for the remainder of the season. When the 2019 LPGA season began in February, Wie finished T-23 at the Honda LPGA Thailand, but had to withdraw during the first round of the following week’s HSBC Women’s World Championship due to lingering issues with her right hand.
Wie intended to play the Kia Classic in late March, but also ended up withdrawing from that event. She then missed the cut at her next two events, the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, Calif. and the LOTTE Championship in her native Hawaii, before announcing in April that she would be shutting things down again for an undisclosed amount of time to let her hand continue to heal.
In May, Wie announced she would withdraw from the upcoming U.S. Women’s Open in Charleston, the season’s second major championship. Wie’s appearance at Hazeltine National for this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship was hotly anticipated, as it’s her first competitive start since April. In her pre-tournament press conference, Wie said she began the week “feeling hopeful”, but those good feelings quickly dissolved after her first round at Hazeltine National.
Wie suffered six bogeys, two double-bogeys and a quadruple-bogey on the par-3 8th hole (her 17th hole of the day) en route to a first round of 84.
Wie put a cream on her wrist walking to the 13th tee. Dropped her club after hitting her tee shot wide right. Currently icing. pic.twitter.com/xQmdEDTZZH
— Beth Ann Nichols (@GolfweekNichols) June 20, 2019
During her post-round interview, an onsite journalist reported that Wie was tearful, and cut her comments short, saying only, “I’m not entirely sure how much more I have left in me. Even on a bad day, you try to enjoy it. It’s tough but …”
Wie turns 30 in October. She has five LPGA wins on her resume, which includes one major: the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.
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