Wie withdraws from Evian because of finger injury

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Michelle Wie withdrew from the Evian Championship Thursday after re-injuring the index finger of her right hand.

Wie, playing in a blue wrap on her hand, pulled out on her 13th hole in the first round at Evian Golf Resort.

“I just wanted so see if I could play,” Wie told media in France after withdrawing. “The doctors just told me, 'It's all up to you. It just depends on if it hurts or not.’ But they did tell me if it did hurt to stop right away, just because it could get worse.”

Wie, 24, was teeing it up in competition for the first time in a month, since she was diagnosed with a “stress reaction” in the bone of her right index finger. She said she hurt the finger again Thursday hitting a fat stinger with her 3-wood at her fourth hole of the day. She played on and later felt more pain hitting from a divot.


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“I knew I should have stopped earlier, but I was having so much fun out there, and I wanted to keep playing,” Wie said. “But it got to the point where it was too painful. So, I just made the smart decision to not play.”

Wie was 5 over par when she withdrew with two double bogeys, two bogeys and a birdie.

After breaking through to win her first major at the U.S. Women’s Open in June, Wie hasn’t been able to build on that success. She first hurt herself hitting out of a divot while playing the Marathon Classic in late July, according to her swing coach, David Leadbetter. Wie withdrew after nine holes of the Meijer Classic on Aug. 7 in her last start with pain worsening in the finger. Wie has two missed cuts and two WDs in her last four starts.

Wie spent two weeks in a splint after the WD at the Meijer Classic and just began chipping and putting two weeks ago and hitting full shots within the last week. She said Tuesday that she had yet to play 18 holes and wasn’t at full strength.