Michelle Wie was trying to hit a standard 3-wood on the 13th hole, her fourth in the first round of the Evian Championship, on Thursday. Instead, however, she hit her deadly weapon: the stinger 3-wood that won her the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2. It hurt, a lot, and reaggravated a stress reaction in her index finger that has kept her out of action for over a month.
“Everyone on the tee box was like, Oh, that must have hurt,” Wie said to Golf Channel.
From there, Wie soldiered on through a front-nine 39 and three more holes before a double-bogey six at the par-4 fourth convinced her it was time to call it quits.
“I wish I could play because I was having a lot of fun out there today,” she added.
Wie was looking to make her return from a wrist injury in time for the season’s final major championship on the LPGA Tour. She had already missed the Wegman’s LPGA Championship in August, announcing she’d miss up to five weeks with the injury. Wie withdrew from the Meijer Classic in Michigan in the first round, saying she could not grip her club because of pain caused by the wear-and-tear of practice and competition.
Wie will return home to the United States to seek further treatment and rest.