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Professional Golfer Michelle Wie Drops Out of Women’s British Open

Michelle Wie at the 2018 LPGA Kingsmill Tournament. (Photo by Keith Allison/Creative Commons 2.0/Link to license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/).

Korean American golfer Michelle Wie, one of the favorites to win the Women’s British Open concluding today, dropped out of the contest last week due to an ongoing wrist injury.

After withdrawing on the first day of the tournament, she wrote on Twitter: “I have been doing everything humanely possible (besides giving it proper rest) this past couple of weeks to get my hand healthy enough to play this event, but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. I gave it my all today but I just couldn’t handle the pain any longer.”

Wie, who is ranked No. 18 on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour, was 7 over after 12 holes.

“I’m devastated that I had to withdraw mid-round, but I felt that if I kept pushing through the pain, I would have injured my hand further,” she wrote.

Though Wie is just 28 years old, she’s got a long list of golfing accomplishments — from becoming the youngest women to compete in the LPGA Tour to winning the U.S. Women’s Open in 2014.

However, a decade of practicing and performing at the professional level seems to have played its toll. Wie has severe arthritis in both wrists, according to Foregals.com. She’s relied on a mix of both cortisone shots and collagen to ease the inflammation.

Despite treatments, a partial list of her recent withdrawals include:

  • 2017 U.S. Women’s Open– after one hole on Friday due to neck injury
  • 2016 Swinging Skirts– due to neck injury
  • 2015 Kingsmill PGA Championship– after a Thursday round 78 due to bursitis in left hip
  • 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic– stress reaction to the bone of her right index finger
  • 2014 Evian Championship– continued recovery from the right index finger injury

The Women’s British Open, that concludes today, is led by No. 8 ranked Australian golfer Minjee Lee. She is shooting 7 under 65. Japanese golfer Mimika Higa is one stroke behind.

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