TURNBERRY, Scotland – Michelle Wie withdrew from the Ricoh Women’s British Open Friday after slipping and falling in the rain coming off the 13th tee and aggravating her injured left ankle and foot.
“I was walking down with my hands in my pocket and just completely slipped, and my foot kind of went forward,” Wie said. “It’s a little bit aggravated right now.”
Wie said she actually tweaked her left foot Friday on the front nine stepping in one of the many small nooks and crannies that run through Trump Turnberry’s wispy grass but continued to play until slipping on the wet grass coming off the 13th.
“It was just at that point where I couldn’t put any weight on my left foot,” Wie said. “I need to go back home and assess the situation and see what I need to do.”
Wie shot 76 in the first round and was 10 over through 13 holes in the second round when she withdrew.
“It’s frustrating,” Wie said. “I just felt so unprepared. I haven’t been playing. I didn’t hit any balls the last two weeks. So, coming here, it’s tough conditions and a tough golf course. It’s not like it’s a week where you can afford to be rusty.”
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.
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. She said the bone spur is related to the ankle injury.
Wie limped her way through her title defense at the U.S. Women’s Open last month, finishing 11th. She withdrew the following week from the Marathon Classic and then passed on playing the Meijer Classic last week, an event she had originally intended to play. This week was her first start since the U.S. Women’s Open.