Hand injury forces Michelle Wie’s WD from HSBC Women’s World Championship

Michelle Wie tees off during the first round of the HSBC Women's World Championship on Thursday. She later withdrew.

Michelle Wie withdrew from the HSBC Women’s World Championship during her opening round on Thursday with a hand injury.

Wie, the defending champion, was making her second start of the season after undergoing hand surgery in October. (She tied for 23rd at the Honda LPGA Thailand last week.)

Wie was 10 over through 14 holes and withdrew on the 15th. According to the Associated Press, Wie was holding her right wrist and hand as she walked up the fairway.

“Not a lot of people know this, I guess some people do. I got into a car accident two years ago with my right hand on the wheel and got rear-ended,” Wie said on Tuesday at her pre-tournament press conference. “That’s what happened with the neck at (the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open at) Bedminster, and I had an avulsion fracture in my right hand. So a piece of the bone had chipped off. So they just went in there and cleaned it up (in the offseason), cleaned up a little bit of scar tissue since I was with it for almost two years now. So the surgery went good. It was a pretty easy, normal procedure, and yeah, it’s taken quite a bit but I think I’m back on track.”

Five players are tied for the lead at four under after the first round of the HSBC Women’s World Championship. Wie won this event last year for her first victory since the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.

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