Michelle Wie’s injured back contributes to the possibility she will not play in the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship in Orlando, Fla., in three weeks.
According to Wie’s representatives, she isn’t planning to play, but “things could change.”
Wie’s appearance at the LPGA Tour Championship was uncertain before back pain flared up Thursday at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, causing her to withdraw. She intends to keep a commitment to play the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters Dec. 8-11, the week after the LPGA Tour Championship. The LPGA Tour Championship was originally scheduled to be played Nov. 18-21 but was moved back two weeks, closer to final exams at Stanford, where Wie is a senior.
Wie’s intent to play the LPGA Tour Championship was complicated by the late nature of the LPGA' s change in tournament dates. The LPGA announced on Aug. 5 that it was moving its season-ending event to Grand Cypress in Orlando and the later dates. Stanford’s final exams are scheduled Dec. 6-10.
Wie met Friday with doctors, who confirmed a previous diagnosis that a bulging disc was causing her back pain. She also has two cysts near her spine, though she said they don't pose a serious problem. She’s been given a new rehabilitation regimen to alleviate her pain and strengthen her back.
“Got some good feedback and got a gameplan to get better!” Wie wrote on her Twitter account.
Struggling in obvious discomfort Thursday, Wie shot 78 in defense of her title at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. The back had bothered her in events this summer, but not to the extent that it flared up this week.