The 2018 season started strongly for Michelle Wie, but the recent months haven’t been as kind. She won the third event of the season and finished in the top-15 five other times before having to withdraw from the Ricoh Women’s British Open in the middle of the first round, citing injury to her right wrist.
Now, after a month of rest and rehab, Wie has announced that her wrist has not recovered enough to allow her to play in next week’s Evian Championship. She took to Instagram to notify her fans:
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After going through an evaluation with my doctors and my Physio team, we have all concurred that my right hand is not quite ready for competition yet. So unfortunately, I have decided to withdraw from the Evian Championship next week. I’m extremely disappointed, but right now rehabbing my hand back to pain free is my absolute first priority!! Thank you all for staying patient with me and for all the words of encouragement!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Her long-time instructor David Leadbetter said in a text message that it is “nerve damage due to bone spurs”.
The wrist injury is not a new one for the 28-year-old. Throughout the season she’s been taping the wrist, putting it in a brace, and even getting injections to help ease the pain. This marks the second season in a row that Wie has had to miss the Evian. In 2017 Wie was recovering after undergoing an emergency appendectomy and was unable to make the trip to France.