Wie (finger) set to return at next week's Evian


Michelle Wie is on track to being cleared by doctors to make her return to competition at next week’s Evian Championship in France after missing the last month with a finger injury.

“Michelle has listened to the advice of her doctors and her recovery process is going well,” IMG spokesman Mike Scanlan said. “She expects to play the Evian Championship next week.”

Wie, who broke through to win the U.S. Women’s Open in June, withdrew after nine holes of the Meijer Classic with a finger injury on Aug. 7. It was diagnosed as a “stress reaction” in the bone of her right index finger. She hasn’t played since.

David Leadbetter, Wie’s swing coach, said she began hitting full shots this week.

“She’s going to play,” Leadbetter said. “There’s going to be some rust, and I think the expectations should be low, but she’s excited to get back to playing.”

Leadbetter has been traveling overseas this past week, with trips to China and England. While he hasn’t been able to work with Wie since she began hitting balls again, Wie has been sending him videos of her swing.

"She is only going at it at about 90 percent, but she looks pretty good,” Leadbetter said.

Wie first felt a twinge of pain in her finger hitting out of a divot while playing the Marathon Classic in Toledo, Ohio, in the middle of July. Leadbetter said the pain got worse and was sharp by the time she teed it up at the Meijer Classic.

“She learned from the past that she needs to take time off when she’s having issues like that,” Leadbetter said.