Michelle Wie shot a 3-over-par 76 in Thursday’s start of the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic playing her final 12 holes after being stung by a bee in the palm of her right hand.
Wie said she was waiting on the 16th tee, her seventh hole of the day, when she felt a sharp pain.
“It hurt really, really bad, and I knew it was a bee,” Wie said. “I brushed it away and the stinger was still in there.”
Wie said one of the tour’s security personnel came out with a tweezers and she used it to pull out the stinger. Golf Channel’s Kay Cockerill reported that Wie said she is allergic to bee venom.
Even par before the bee sting, Wie was 3 over the rest of the way.
“It just kind of felt so swollen,” Wie said. “It was kind of hard to grip the club.
“I was hitting the ball so well on the front nine and just definitely had a couple loose ones coming in making the turn. You can kind of feel the venom kind of spread. But the last couple holes, it's feeling better.”
It’s an ominous start for Wie, who missed the cut at the Pure Silk Bahamas last year battling strep throat. It was the start of a challenging year, with Wie battling a sinus infection on the early Asian swing and then hip, knee and ankle injuries much of the rest of the season.
Outside the bee sting, Wie liked the way she hit the ball.
“It felt good out there today,” she said. “I only missed two greens. I just putted horribly.”