Michelle Wie will miss anywhere from three to five weeks of competition because of a stress reaction in a bone of the index finder on her right hand, she announced on Saturday.
Wie withdrew from the Meijer LPGA Classic earlier this week because of the injury and promptly sought care from Dr. Tom Graham at the Cleveland Clinic. Graham, who also treated Wie for a wrist injury two years ago, suggested his patient take a small leave and he will consult with the U.S. Women’s Open champion on when he feels it’s best for her to return to the LPGA.
“I was looking forward to playing the next three weeks,” Wie said in a statement. “It’s honestly one of my favorite stretches on tour. It’s extremely disappointing to miss these events, but I am relieved to have a proper diagnosis.”
It’s possible that Wie, ranked No. 6 in the Rolex Rankings, could miss both of the year’s final two major championships.
The LPGA’s fourth major of the year, the Wegmans LPGA Championship, is next week at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, N.Y. In five week’s the tour will play the Evian Championship, its fifth and final major of the season.
Wie was second at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, won the U.S. Women’s Open and missed the cut at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. She’s second behind Stacy Lewis in both earnings and the Player of the Year race.