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Michelle Wie Taking Time Away from Golf

Professional golfer Michelle Wie has withdrawn from this week’s Hugel-Air Premia LA Open at Wilshire Country Club, LPGA.com reports. Wie announced on Tuesday that she is taking time away golf to recover from a lingering hand injury.

Wie announced her decision to withdraw on social media and thanked her fans for their support, Golf.com reports.

“Had an encouraging visit with my doctor,” Wie wrote in an Instagram post. “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. Health is my top priority right now and hopefully I can get back to being pain free real soon. Thank you everyone for staying patient with me. I appreciate y’all.”

The injury has been troubling Wie for the past year. In August, she withdrew from the Women’s British Open in the middle of her round.

For a long time, doctors could not determine the source of her injury. In the fall of 2018, she was diagnosed with small Avulsion Fracture, bone spurring, and nerve entrapment in her right hand. Wie had surgery on the injury in October 2018. She returned to competition in February 2019, where she was forced to withdraw again because of the pain in her hand. In March, she withdrew from another tournament because of her injury.

Wie has not yet announced when she thinks she will return.

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