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Michelle Wie withdraws from Manulife, citing injured left hip

Michelle Wie said early in the year that one of her biggest goals for 2015 was to stay healthy. So far it has been nothing but a struggle for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open champ.

Wie withdrew from this week’s Manulife Classic in Cambridge, Ontario, citing bursitis in her left hip that first caused her to quit after one round at the Kingsmill Championship. She missed the cut at last week’s ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Wie believes the injury was brought on by overuse. Her manager, Jamie Kuhn, said Wie fully intends to fly to New York on Sunday for the LPGA’s second major of the year, the new KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Early in the season Wie came down with Strep throat in the Bahamas, which turned into a sinus infection in Asia.

Last year, Wie’s major momentum after Pinehurst came to a grinding halt when she suffered a stress reaction in a bone of the index finger on her right hand. The injury caused Wie to miss two majors, the Wegmans LPGA Championship and The Evian Championship. From early August to mid-October, Wie failed to complete a tournament.

Wie, who has slipped to No. 13 in the Rolex Rankings, has yet to record a top-10 finish in 2015. After the KPMG event June 11-14, she will have another week’s worth of rest before Arkansas, followed by another off week before she defends at the U.S. Women’s Open in Lancaster, Pa.

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