July 1, 2007 / 1:47 AM / 11 years ago

Wie pulls out of U.S. Women's Open with wrist injury

SOUTHERN PINES, North Carolina (Reuters) - Michelle Wie withdrew from the U.S. Women’s Open after nine holes of her second round on Saturday because of her injured wrist.

Michelle Wie of the U.S. (C) has her wrist massaged by physical therapist Leanne Quinn (R) on the 18th fairway during second round of the U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles Golf Club in Southern Pines June 30, 2007. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

The 17-year-old American, who is enduring a miserable season, had shot 82 in the first round of the women’s major and went out in six-over-par 42 on Saturday.

On 17 over par, she was tied at 146th of the 155 competitors when she pulled out.

“It was a little sore when I woke up this morning,” said Wie, who broke her left wrist in a fall in January and spent five months out of action. “I tweaked it when I hit my drive on the 17th (her eighth hole) and it went downhill from there.”

After hitting a shot out of the rough at the 18th at Pine Needles, Wie grimaced and turned away her head in pain. She then called for her physiotherapist Leanne Quinn, who is part of her entourage and walks with Wie outside the ropes.

Quinn massaged the wrist but Wie then hit a poor tee shot into rough at her tenth hole. After punching her second shot on to the fairway, the Hawaiian teenager told her playing partners, Christina Kim and Natalie Gulbis, that she was going to pull out.

“It was the last thing I wanted to do but I had no choice,” said Wie, who immediately applied a bandage and ice to her wrist. “Now I’ll have to re-evaluate. I don’t want this to happen again.”

Wie, who has five top-five finishes in majors — she finished joint third in this championship last year — and has been tipped to become the best female golfer in history, made her comeback at an LPGA tournament in South Carolina last month. But she withdrew due to the wrist when she was 14 over par for 16 holes.

She made the cut at another of the majors, the LPGA Championship, in Maryland earlier this month, but then shot 83 and 79 and finished last of the qualifiers.

Her next tournament is meant to be the Evian Masters in France, where she finished tied for second last year, from July 26-29. Immediately afterwards is the last major of the season, the Women’s British Open at St Andrews.

“But, at the moment, I don’t know what I’ll be doing,” she said.

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