After a lingering wrist injury has sidelined her for months, Michelle Wie is finally ready to get back on the course.
Wie, according to her swing coach, David Leadbetter, will make her return to the LPGA Tour on Thursday for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the third major championship of the season.
“She’s planning to play,” Leadbetter told the Golf Channel on Monday. “She’s starting to feel quite a bit better, but she fatigues quickly. She tells me she’s being pretty sensible in how she’s approaching things. She really needs to pace herself.”
Wie first started feeling pain in her right wrist just before the HSBC Women’s World Championship in February, which caused her to withdraw from the event in the first round. She underwent surgery last October, per the report, to repair an avulsion fracture, bone spurs and nerve entrapment in her hand.
The five-time LPGA Tour winner withdrew from the U.S. Women’s Open last month, which would have marked just her fourth appearance on the Tour this season. Wie missed the cut in her previous two outings in April, and finished in a tie for 23rd at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February.
The 29-year-old is currently scheduled to tee off with Australia’s Minjee Lee and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko in the first round on Thursday morning at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.
“She only started chipping and putting a couple weeks ago or so, then slowly made her way to hitting balls,” Leadbetter told the Golf Channel. “She is obviously going to be rusty, from a tournament situation, and fatigue’s a factor.
“I’m sure she will be restricting her practice this week. It’s just nice to see her back. She still has that desire to compete.”
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