Recovering Wie has yet to play full 18 holes


Michelle Wie won’t be at full strength in her return to competition this week at the Evian Championship, but she is ready to play after a month away recovering from an injured finger.

Wie, winner of the U.S. Open in June, has been out recovering from a “stress reaction” in the bone of her right index finger.

“I'm feeling pretty good,” Wie told reporters in France on Tuesday at her championship news conference. “I'm feeling pretty healthy, and I'm just really happy to be here.”

Wie, 24, withdrew from the Meijer Classic on Aug. 7 with pain in her finger. She first hurt herself hitting a ball from a divot at the Marathon Classic in late July and the pain worsened after. She said she was in a splint for two weeks and just started chipping and putting a little over a week ago and hitting full shots last week.

“I kind of have the mindset where I'm going to hit 230-yard drives,” Wie said. “Hopefully, I won't play with Lexi [Thompson], and she won't outdrive me by 50 yards this week.

“But, yeah, I'm definitely one club less, not hitting as far as I want to. At the same time, I'm just really excited that I can hit balls, I can come out here and play.”

Wie is No. 6 in the Rolex Women's World Rankings with two victories this year but is looking to rebound from missed cuts in her last two starts. She has yet to play 18 holes since coming back from injury.

“Kind of played just five holes yesterday, 13 holes today,” Wie said. “I'm working up to 18 holes, so, hopefully, by Thursday I can play 18.”