Michelle Wie was forced to withdraw mid-round from the Women’s British Open due to a longstanding hand injury.
The 28-year-old was “devastated” to pull out 12 holes into her opening round at Royal Lytham and St Annes, with Wie seven over par when she decided she could not continue.
In a statement realised on social media, Wie said: “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.
“Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. I gave it my all today but I just couldn’t handle the pain any longer. I’m 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.
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“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.”
Wie, who finished tied-third as a 15-year-old in her Women’s British Open debut in 2005, has now withdrawn mid-round on four separate occasions from majors.
The American had been playing alongside Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist – who carded an openin-round 72 – and Japan’s Sakura Yokomine, who carded a five-over 77.
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