HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - In the emotional moments after shooting the worst score of her professional golf career, a visibly emotional Michelle Wie told reporters she wasn’t sure how much longer she would be able to compete on the LPGA Tour.
Wie ― who has been battling hand and wrist injuries for months ― shot a 12-over 84 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota on Tuesday in the opening round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
She carded six bogeys, two double-bogeys and a quadruple-bogey over the course of her round, which tied for the worst of her career.
Wie told journalists after the completion of her round that the injuries, and the performances that had followed in their wake, were taking their toll on her.
“I’m not entirely sure how much more I have left in me,” Wie said. “Even on the bad days, I’m just trying to take time to enjoy it. But it’s tough.”
Earlier in the week, Wie was reported to have spoken with LPGA Tour officials about taking the rest of the year off on medical leave to fully rehab her injuries.
USA Today reported that Wie spent most of her round ‘playing out of the rough on a surgically repaired wrist’ and noted that she was icing her wrist at times as she walked from shot to shot.
Thursday marked the Punahou graduate’s return to competition after withdrawing from the U.S. Women’s Open three weeks ago due to injury. Wie says that she had only begun practicing again last week.
“It was kind of a little foolish to think that I would shoot really well,” Wie said.
The Honolulu-native has spent nearly half her life golfing professionally, having turned pro just before her 16th birthday. The 29-year-old won her first major at the 2014 U.S. Open.