Michelle Wie withdraws from U.S. Women's Open with one hole to play

Michelle Wie withdraws from U.S. Women’s Open with one hole to play

Consider Michelle Wie as the anti-Michael Bembenick.

The Indiana assistant club pro played all 36 holes of the first two rounds of the Web.com Tour's United Leasing Championship this week, shooting 89-103 to miss the cut by a million.

On Long Island at Sebonack in the U.S. Women's Open, Michelle Wie couldn't be bothered to do the same. Wie opened with a staggering 8-over 80 that left her desperate for an under-par number to have a prayer at making the cut. Through 17 holes of her second round on Friday, it was clear Wie was not going to shoot that score at 3 over on the day. Then play was called.

So, instead of finishing out the last hole and missing the cut with her 36-hole score, Wie withdrew from the tournament, citing "illness."

Wie's not the only player who chose to withdraw rather than finish. Candie Kung had three holes left to finish on Saturday morning and decided to pull out of the tournament.

It's not a good look for Wie, whose game appeared to show signs of improvement in Atlantic City and Rochester with T-9 finishes in both the ShopRite LPGA Classic and Wegmans LPGA Championship before a missed cut ahead of the U.S. Women's Open at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

But that positive momentum seems to have wilted away in the Hamptons as Wie tweeted Friday night, "There are no words to explain how disappointed I am in myself right now..."

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