Wie plans to take 'time away,' withdraws from LA Open

Reuters

Michelle Wie put her return to competition on hold again, citing a lingering hand injury that first surfaced last August.

Wie thanked fans for their "unwavering support" in a social media announcement Tuesday and also withdrew from this week's Hugel-Air Premia LA Open at Wilshire Country Club.

"Had an encouraging visit with my doctor, however we both think it's in my best interest to take some time away to allow my body to heal properly and get stronger," the 29-year-old Wie wrote. "Health is my top priority right now and hopefully I can get back to being pain-free real soon."

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Last August, the 2014 Women's U.S. Open champion withdrew mid-round from the Women's British Open due to pain in her hand.

She returned to competition in October, helping Team USA to a runner-up finish at the UL International Crown followed by a 66th-place finish at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, but shut down her season shortly afterward.

Wie had surgery in October, revealing her diagnosis on social media: "After countless MRI's, X-rays, CT scans, and doctor consultations, I was diagnosed with having a small Avulsion Fracture, bone spurring, and nerve entrapment in my right hand."

The five-time LPGA winner kicked off her 2019 season in late February at the Honda LPGA Thailand event where she played all four rounds and finished in a tie for 23rd. But the following week, she withdrew from the HSBC Women's World Championship in Singapore during the first round, citing hand pain.

She returned to action the beginning of April at the ANA Inspiration but missed the cut. Last week, Wie carded a pair of 77s at the Lotte Championship in her home state of Hawaii and missed the cut again.

In March, Wie announced her engagement to Jonnie West, a Golden State Warriors executive and son of NBA legend Jerry West.

Wie was replaced in the LA Open field by former USC player Muni He of Thailand.

--Field Level Media

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