Michelle Wie got through more than half of her round on Thursday morning at the Women’s British Open, but then hit her wall.
Wie withdrew after 12 holes on Thursday, walking off the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club after a right hand and wrist injury that had been bothering her for weeks became too much to play through.
“I have been doing everything humanly 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,” Wie tweeted. “I gave it my all today, but I just couldn’t handle the pain any longer. I am 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.
“I have been trying to manage/push through the pain almost all year, but my team and I think it’s finally time to take some time off to get my hand back to being healthy. I am confident that with the right treatment, I will be back stronger than ever.”
The 28-year-old was at 7-over par when she called it quits, marking her first withdrawal in over a year. Wie, who is ranked No. 18 in the world, said now she will take some time off to let her hand fully recover.
Her playing partner, Anna Nordqvist, said the conditions on the course could have played a big factor on Thursday, too.
“The conditions weren’t easy,” Nordqvist told the Golf Channel. “With the ground being firm, if you have any sort of wrist problems, it’s not going to be favorable.”
10-time LPGA winner Paula Creamer failed to qualify for the British Women’s Open this year for the first time since she turned pro. She was, however, named the first alternate earlier this week. Had Wie withdrew from before play started on Thursday, Creamer’s streak of playing in The Open would have would have hit 13 straight.
Minjee Lee of Australia held the early lead at The Open after firing a 7-under on Thursday.
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