Michelle Wie will skip rest of LPGA season as 'best chance' to get right wrist healthy again

Cassandra Negley
Michelle Wie walks across the 18th green after missing a putt during the first round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Michelle Wie announced she'll skip the rest of the season to rest her wrist. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Michelle Wie announced she will take the rest of the year off to get fully healthy, ending her LPGA tour season with a difficult showing at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship last week.

Wie is dealing with a lingering wrist issue that has sidelined her for much of the year after surgery ended her 2018 season. The 29-year-old said on social media the decision to end her year was to “give me the best chance to finally get healthy.

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She made her return at the third major of the year last week, but the five-time LPGA champion looked in pain during a first-round 12-over 84 at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota. Wie, who sufffers from arthritis in both wrists, iced her right hand throughout the round and was emotional while speaking of her future.

“It’s hard,” Wie said, via the Golf Channel. “It’s just one of those situations where I’m not, you know, I’m not entirely sure how much more I have left in me.

“So even on the bad days, I’m just, like, trying to take time to enjoy it. But it’s tough.”

Wie had surgery on her right hand last October and and has teed off in only five events this year, all of which were rough. She withdrew from the HSBC Women’s World Championship in February due to pain in the same wrist. In April, she missed the cut in two outings and in May withdrew from the U.S. Women’s Open to further heal.

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