Ankle injury forces Wie to WD in Texas

Michelle Wie hits her tee shot on the 14th hole at the LPGA Tour Championship.

Michelle Wie hits her tee shot on the 14th hole at the LPGA Tour Championship.

RICHMOND, Texas – Michelle Wie withdrew from the LPGA Tour Championship Nov. 19 with a sore left ankle. Four days after winning her first professional title, Wie’s momentum was cut short in a fitness trailer where it was decided she needed an MRI. Wie first injured the ankle at the Solheim Cup, indicating she had stepped in several holes.

“I felt like Gary Player today with my swing,” said Wie, who opened with an even-par 72. She limped around in Mexico as well, but the euphoria of winning likely diminished the pain.

“This tournament, and the support shown from the fans in Houston, meant a lot to me and I wanted to do everything I could to fight through the injury,” Wie said. “It bothered me last week in Mexico, but I was able to play through the pain. I realized today that I wouldn’t be able to continue to play through it. I want to make sure that I’m being smart with it, so I will return home to have it looked at by my doctors and follow their advice for treatment.”

Looks like she might not miss that Stanford-Cal football game on Saturday after all.

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