Wie returning from hip pain to compete at ShopRite

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Michelle Wie says her ailing left hip is fine as she prepares to make her return to the game at this week’s ShopRite Classic just outside Atlantic City, N.J.Wie withdrew in pain after the first round of the Kingsmill Championship two weeks ago.

“It’s good,” Wie told reporters Wednesday at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

Looking to build on her success from a year ago, Wie has struggled through illness and injury this season. She will make her 12th start of the year on Friday looking for her first top-10 finish. She’s trying to get herself ready for the year’s second major in two weeks, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and then her title defense in six weeks at the U.S. Women’s Open.

“It's been really frustrating that I felt like I was just getting over my illness and just got a little injured,” Wie said. “So, it's been a little bit of a tough year in that sense, but, golf wise, I feel like it's always a learning experience out here, and I think that I'm ready for some really good golf. Every week I think I'm getting better and better. And I'm excited. I'm excited to get to every tournament venue.”

Wie said more than one MRI revealed that she is suffering from bursitis, an inflammation in the joint. She shot 78 playing with pain in the first round at Kingsmill. She said she was hurting before she teed it up to start that day.

“It’s been sore for a while, and then definitely during that day or that morning it flared up,” Wie said. “In looking back on it, I don't even know why I played all 18.  I just wasn't even thinking about withdrawing.  Even after I finished I wasn't even thinking about it, and I couldn't put any weight on my left leg, which is kind of a sign.”

Wie said she was relieved the MRIs showed nothing more severe than inflammation within the joint.

“We thought it might have been a disc issue,” Wie said. “Thankfully, it was not a disc issue, which I was really excited about.  And then I flew back to Jupiter immediately, took three more MRIs that day, just because my whole left leg was hurting. Thankfully, everything came out clean, except for my hip ... No tears, nothing, no structural damage, which I was really happy about.”

Wie said a cortisone injection has helped relieve discomfort.

“Feeling not too bad right now,” Wie said.

In her second start this year, Wie missed the cut at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic, playing the second round with flu-like symptoms. It turned out she had strep throat. She later battled sinus infections on the Asian Swing.

“There's really nothing you can do about it,” Wie said. “I didn't plan on getting sick this year, didn't plan on a lot of things. But at the same time, I think every time I get injured, every time I get sick, it just makes me realize how grateful I am to be able to play, and that my health is the most important thing. I think a lot of times you get caught up in a lot of different things. You stress about different things, but the most important thing is your health.  So I'm really focusing on that.”