Sunday, July 01, 2007


Michele Wie withdrew from the US Women's Open halfway through her second round on Saturday when she was on her way to another score in the 80s.
She was six over par after nine holes when she quit after hitting her second shot on the par-5 first hole. She told her playing partners "I'm done."
The 17-year-old from Hawaii was 17 over par for the tournament when she walked in. It was the second time in three tournaments she has withdrawn when her round was still in progress.
For the year, she has completed seven rounds with an average score of just under 78.
"As of right now, I don't know what I am going to do next," Wie, wearing an ice bag on her left wrist, told a Press Conference.
"I'm definitely going to think about all the options. I want to lay off again, but we'll have to see.''
It was another setback for the teenager who turned pro in October 2005 and earns close to $20 million a year in endorsements.
Only a year ago, she had a share of the lead on the back nine of all three U.S. majors on the LPGA Tour, and made headlines around the world by coming close to qualifying for the men's U.S. Open at Winged Foot.
Wie played without a brace on her wrist at Pine Needles, but said her wrist was sore when she woke up Saturday to start her second round in the storm-delayed tournament. She said it flared up on a tee shot at No. 17, her eighth hole.
``And then after that, it kind of went downhill,'' she said. ``I don't remember hurting this much.''
Wie's next tournament is supposed to be the Evian Masters in France that starts July 25, but even that must be in considerable doubt.
``I definitely have to re-evaluate because I obviously don't want this to happen again,'' Wie said.
Wie finished second at the Evian Masters last year, closing with a 68.
She has not broken par since then.
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