RICHMOND, TEXAS – Michelle Wie withdrew from the LPGA Tour Championship about 45 minutes after Thursday's first round due to injury.
Wie's left ankle, which troubled her during her breakthrough victory at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational last week, worsened through the first round. She managed to shoot an even-par 72 but limped right from the first tee. The limp grew worse as the day went on. She left the scoring area to have the ankle treated. The announcement came shortly after.
'This tournament, and the support shown from the fans in Houston, meant a lot to me and I wanted to do everything I could to fight through the injury,' Wie said in a statement. 'It bothered me last week in Mexico, but I was able to play through the pain. I realized today that I wouldn’t be able to continue to play through it. I want to make sure that I’m being smart with it, so I will return home to have it looked at by my doctors and follow their advice for treatment.”