Michelle Wie to ‘take some time away’, withdraws from LA Open

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One week after playing through lingering hand pain at the Lotte Championship, Honolulu’s Michelle Wie announced on Tuesday that she has withdrawn from this week’s LPGA tour stop in California.

“Had an encouraging visit with my doctor,” The Punahou graduate wrote in her social media statement, “however we both think it’s in my best interest to take some time away to allow my body to heal properly and get stronger. Health is my top priority right now and hopefully I can get back to being pain-free real soon.”

Wie’s withrdrawl from the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open at Wilshire Country Club comes after a rough start to the season.

Wie began her 2019 campaign in late February in Thailand, where she took a share of 23rd marking as the only time she has played four rounds this year. 

Wie would then withdraw from the first round of the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore due to lingering pain in her right hand. 

She returned to action at the ANA Inspiration, where she missed the cut. She carded a pair of 77s back home in Hawaii last week at the Lotte Championship playing through obvious discomfort in her right hand.

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