Wie, Ko nursing injuries, sitting out Reignwood


Michelle Wie and Lydia Ko are tending to ailments this week with the aim of making strong finishes to successful seasons.

Wie was hoping to make her return from a finger injury at this week’s Reignwood Classic, but doctors advised against it.

Ko is getting special treatment for her left wrist in South Korea this week, according to her agent, Michael Yim, and aims to play four consecutive weeks beginning with next week’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Ko is also planning to play the season finale at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples in late November.

“She is doing fine,” said Yim, who called the treatment “non-surgical.”

Ko has been dealing with swelling caused by cysts in her left wrist for the past few months. She's looking at the possibility of surgery at season's end to seal the cysts and prevent recurring fluid buildup.

Wie originally hurt the index finger on her right hand hitting out of a divot at the Marathon Classic in late July. She withdrew from the Meijer Classic after nine holes in her next start on Aug. 7 and was diagnosed with a “stress reaction,” to the bone of that finger. She didn’t play again until the Evian Championship on Sept. 11, where she re-injured the finger and withdrew after 13 holes of the first round.

“Michelle's injury continues to improve, but her doctors have recommended two more weeks of rest and rehab,” IMG spokesman Mike Scanlan said. “Her goal is to return in two weeks in Korea.”

Wie is hopeful she will be able to play the KEB-LPGA HanaBank Championship in Incheon, South Korea, Oct. 16-19.