Martin (thumb) empathizes with Wie (finger)

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Mo Martin can feel Michelle Wie’s pain.

They’ve both been unable to build upon their major championship breakthroughs this summer because of injuries.

Martin didn’t try to tee it up at the Evian Championship this week, withdrawing before it started to recuperate from a befuddling left-thumb injury, a malady that has plagued her since after she won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in July. She is in Los Angeles this week working with her physical therapist. Wie tried to play through a finger injury at Evian but withdrew Thursday after reinjuring the finger.

“It’s very frustrating, because I’ve never been injured before,” said Martin, 31. “It’s also frustrating because it’s been a great year and this came a week after winning the British.”

Wie and Martin were both in the running for the Rolex Annika Major Award, an honor bestowed to the year’s best performances in majors, based on a points system.  

Martin hopes to be able to return to the LPGA at the Sime Darby Malaysia Oct. 9-12, but there’s some mystery in exactly what’s damaged in her left thumb. She has consulted with three doctors and has received three different diagnoses. The first diagnosis was that she suffered a ligament sprain. The second diagnosis was that it’s a double-jointed sprain. The hand specialist she saw this week in Los Angeles diagnosed it as cartilage damage, a dorsal impingement of the lower joint of her thumb.

“It’s a little worrisome, because I just don’t know, and I don’t know how long it’s going to last,” Martin said.

Like Wie, Martin hurt herself at the Marathon Classic in Toledo in late July. Martin played through the pain at the Wegmans LPGA Championship last month but aggravated the injury there. After taking a week off, she played a pro-am in Detroit.

“The pain was excruciating,” Martin said.

Martin has been wearing a splint these past couple weeks and has been fitted for a golf splint she hopes will allow her to play without further injuring herself.

“I’ve been healthy my whole life, so I just have to take my medicine,” Martin said. “I’ve been very lucky.”