Michelle Wie withdrew from the Meijer LPGA Classic after the first round on Thursday with a hand injury. IMG, Wie’s management firm, announced today that she will miss three to five weeks of competitive golf due to a stress reaction in a bone of the index finger on her right hand. That puts Wie out of the competition, at the very least, for the Tour’s fourth Major, the Wegman’s Championship, the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, and the Portland Classic and leaves her participation in the Evian Championship problematic.
After withdrawing from this week’s Meijer LPGA Classic, Wie was examined by renowned hand surgeon Dr. Tom Graham at the Cleveland Clinic, who made the diagnosis and will consult with Michelle on her return to golf this year.
Wie said, “I was looking forward to playing the next three weeks. It’s honestly one of my favorite stretches on tour. It’s extremely disappointing to miss these events, but I am relieved to have a proper diagnosis.”
Dr. Graham said, “Michelle has developed an ‘acute-on-chronic’ injury influenced by the volume in which she practices and plays. Michelle is very aware of her body and was keen to pick up on this injury before it may have created a more severe problem.”
Wie continued, “Seven years ago, I would have tried to play through this injury and it is important to me not to make that mistake again. I feel more comfortable now listening to my body and, while it’s hard to miss this stretch of events, I know I will be better suited to continue a great year and finish strong.”
Graham described that injuries of this severity typically requires about three to five weeks of limited practice and play before returning to competition.
Dr. Graham also treated Wie several years ago when she broke her wrist.
World ranked number 6, Michelle Wie won the 2014 US Women’s Open in June and has been playing the best golf of her career this season. The LPGA Tour and the Tour’s fans will be looking forward to her return for the final leg of the season.