Michelle Wie Withdrawal Due to Miscommunication


Michelle Wie’s withdrawal from the pro-am before the Korean LPGA’s Lotte Mart Women’s Open last week wasn’t the unexpected news it was presented to be in overseas news reports, according to Wie’s management team. Wie withdrew, it was reported, after she was informed that she wouldn’t be allowed to use her caddie in the pro-am. KLPGA officials excluded regular caddies from the pro-am to promote better interaction between pros and their amateur partners.
“Michelle was, in fact, given permission by Lotte, the title sponsor, to miss the Pro-Am after a miscommunication between Lotte and the KLPGA,” Dave Haggith, communications director for IMG Golf, wrote in an e-mail response to a question about the Korean news reports. “She merely accepted an offer from the title sponsor of the event to allow her preparation and practice time in advance of the event [which she obviously had very little of after getting to Korea]. All went very well that week, though, and Michelle was very appreciative of the invitation to participate.”
Wie tied for 36th at the Lotte Mart Women’s Open and is competing this week at the LPGA’s Corona Championship in Mexico.