HONOLULU (KHNL) - A bad wrist has kept Michelle Wie out of action since the beginning part of the year.
Thursday, she'll make her return in the Ginn Tribute this weekend, while her Punahou classmates graduate on Saturday.
Just another day in the life of an international golf phenom.
The pressure is on for Michelle Wie.
No longer that cutsie teen phenom, the Wie machine is now a multi-million dollar operation.
And with money comes expectation.
One observer says, "She did it to herself by coming out so young, but she's under a lot of pressure.
Since turning pro in October of 0-5, Wie's played in 15 events, 6 times finishing in the top 5.
As she tests her bad wrist tomorrow in the Ginn Tribute, casual Wie observers are still waiting for that breakout win.
"Maybe because the media wasn't on her. So she might have had time for herself to actually practice, get stronger, heal the wrist better. Who knows."
And if Wie's under the gun now, just give it a few weeks.
In July, she'll once again take a shot in a men's event, where she's yet to make the cut in 7 previous tries.
That stat alone, fuels the fire.
"You hear a lot of if she just sticks to the women's tour. Maybe that's the right path for her. Then she starts winning, then some of the older men they'll accept her more if she's dominating the women's field."
"By at least winning in the LPGA, then she can go out an try other venues."
"I think, what ever she wants to do, she should do it. I don't see what the problem is. If she feels she can compete against them, she should do it."
"She thinks she can do it. What about you? No. I don't think so."
The Wie fans we spoke with were quick to point out, this is a 17 year old girl we're talking about. but even at that age, you go pro, you do so at your own risk.
"You go pro and everybody wants you to be Tiger. And not everybody's Tiger."
Wie will tee off tomorrow morning at 1-26 Hawaii time.
The Ginn Tribute is one of the richest events in women's golf, with some 2-point-6 million dollars in prize money on the line.
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