TURNBERRY, Scotland – Michelle Wie isn’t using duct tape to keep her injured body parts together at this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, but her doctors have been busy coming up with other ways to help keep her playing.
Wie walked into her news conference Tuesday at Trump Turnberry wearing a protective boot on her left foot, doctor’s orders to help mend her newest injury, a bone spur. To get ready this week, she also had a platelet-rich-plasma injection in the foot and a cortisone shot for her still ailing left hip.
“I’m just taking it day by day,” Wie said.
Wie finished 11th in her title defense at the U.S. Women’s Open three weeks ago despite limping through obvious pain. She withdrew before teeing it up at the Marathon Classic the following week after meeting with hip and foot specialists at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
Wie arrived at Turnberry on Sunday.
“When I got out here, it was really the first time I hit balls since [the U.S. Women’s Open],” Wie said. “So, just kind of shaking off the rust, but it’s been feeling pretty good. So, I’m excited to play.”
Wie won’t be playing in that protective boot, though she played the U.S. Women’s Open in an ankle brace.
About that boot ...
“It’s a new fashion,” Wie cracked. “It’s just doctor’s orders. He wants me to be in the boot when I’m not playing, just so I can rest it. It’s more a preventive thing.”
Wie said playing on the hills at Lancaster Country Club set her back at the U.S. Women’s Open. She probably wouldn’t be playing this week if it weren’t a major.
“We’ll see once I get done with this week, what the future plans are,” Wie said. “I’m just going to take it day by day. My doctor said I might feel better all of a sudden one day, waking up one morning. I’m really hoping for that.”
Wie was diagnosed with bursitis in her left hip after withdrawing from the Kingsmill Championship in the middle of May. She’s also been struggling with pain in her left knee and left ankle, joints that have endured wear and tear as shock absorbers of her powerful swing. The bone spur in the left foot was a newly diagnosed malady after the U.S. Women’s Open.