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Wie returns to action following appendectomy

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Michelle Wie is back in action six weeks after undergoing emergency surgery to remove her appendix following her withdrawal from the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.

She’s scheduled to tee it up Thursday at the KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea.

“I’m extremely excited to be back, and I’m healthy,” Wie said.

While Wie said she only began hitting full shots three days before leaving the United States for South Korea, she said she feels ready to compete.

“Unfortunately, I couldn't really do much,” Wie said of her recuperation. “For the last four or five weeks, I couldn't lift anything heavier than 10 pounds. So, I've just been putting and chipping a little bit, from four weeks on.

“I'm not expecting to be rusty. I might be a little bit. I'm just going to try and be patient with myself and take it easy out there and just try to manage how I feel and what not.”

Wie’s appendicitis put the brakes on the terrific momentum she built in this resurgent year. She climbed from No. 186 in the world in early February to No. 31 this week. While she hasn’t won this year, Wie has played her way into contention regularly, with six finishes of T-4 or better this year.

Looking to finish off what she started, Wie plans to play each of the final six events on this year’s LPGA schedule.

“Hopefully, I can build some momentum,” Wie said.