Michelle Wie didn’t make it to the end of the Evian Championship’s first round due to injury, but she walked away Sunday with a prestigious new trophy anyway.
Wie, who withdrew from Evian after 13 holes on Thursday after reinjuring the index finger of her right hand, won the inaugural Rolex Annika Major Award as the best overall player in women’s major championships this year. She won the award despite missing most of the final two majors. She didn’t play the Wegmans LPGA Championship last month due to the finger injury
“It’s pretty crazy,” Wie told media in France upon accepting the ward Sunday. “I entered this week just grateful I had a chance. I really am very surprised, too, very happy.”
The award, named after Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam, is points based, with top-10 finishes in majors earning points. Wie won on the strength of her U.S. Women’s Open victory and her second-place finish at the Kraft Nabisco.
Wie didn’t earn a point after the first two majors of the year. She missed the cut at the Ricoh Women’s British Open and then struggled with the finger injury after, but she finished with 84 points, besting Inbee Park by 10. A major championship victory was worth 60 points. The winner had to win a major to be qualified.
Wie said she will undergo an MRI on her injured finger upon returning to the United States. She first hurt herself hitting out of a divot at the Marathon Classic in late July. She was diagnosed with a “stress reaction” to the bone of the finger. She said she hopes to return to play at the Reignwood LPGA Classic Oct. 2-5 in China, the start of the fall Asian swing.
“I’m planning to play China, but if the MRI shows otherwise, I will have to take more weeks off,” Wie said. “I’m hoping for the best.”