Wie withdraws from Ginn Tribute after 16 holes

5/31/2007 - Golf

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- Hawaii's Michelle Wie withdrew from
the Ginn Tribute on Thursday after shooting 14 over through 16
holes, aggravating a wrist injury that sidelined her since January.

After Wie bogeyed the par-4 seventh, the 17-year-old star from
Hawaii told an LPGA Tour official: "We're not going to play

Wie wore bandages on her wrists during the round and said she
withdrew because she "tweaked" the injury and not because of an
LPGA Tour rule that bans non-tour members for the year if they
shoot 88 or higher. Wie was two bogeys from that scenario when she

"I had issues with my wrist," she said. "Shooting 88 is not
what I think about."

While Wie struggled in her return, Annika Sorenstam was pleased
with her even-par 72 after missing nearly two months because of a
ruptured disk and a bulging disk. "I'm extremely happy with my
round considering the circumstances," she said.

LPGA rookie Angela Park held the first-round lead at 6 under.

Wie's round included a 10 on the par-5 third hole, when her
first drive hit a parked car and rolled down a roadway drain.

"It was actually quite funny," she said. "I was going to
crawl down the drain to show people it was in play. But I couldn't

After her provisional tee shot went way left into a pond, Wie's
third drive landed in the rough and she went on to a quintuple

Wie looked defeated as she played her final hole, No. 7. She
sent her approach shot way past the pin for a final bogey to move
to 14 over.

As Wie headed to the tee, she was stopped by her manager, Greg
Nared. The two chatted for a few moments -- Nared even keeping Wie's
mother, Bo, from joining the conversation -- before they called an
LPGA Tour official to end the round.

Wie walked onto the eighth tee, shook hands with playing
partners Janice Moodie and Alena Sharp, got on a cart with her
parents and caddie and drove back to the clubhouse as the gallery

Wie went to a private room to have her bandages taken off. She
briefly had an ice bag on her left wrist before taking questions.

Wie had not played a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA
Tour's Sony Open in January.

"It's a bummer," Sorenstam, the tournament host, said of Wie's
withdrawal. "I'm sorry for her."

Things looked promising when Wie teed off on the 10th hole in
the foggy South Carolina morning. Her drive landed cleanly in the
fairway and she two-putted from about 40 feet for par.

Wie drove into a pond on the 11th for a bogey. She hit a tree
with her tee shot on the next hole and made double bogey.

On her first par-3, the 14th, Wie landed in the woods right of
the green. She chose to re-tee -- after father B.J. reminded her
caddie of that option -- and again went right. A chip and two putts
later, Wie had made a triple bogey and stood at 7 over through five

Wie's problems continued on the par-5 16th as she pushed her
drive into clumps of grass. She took relief about 80 yards behind
her ball for yet another bogey.

Wie looked as if she had settled her game on the 18th hole with
a long drive in the fairway and an approach to a foot for her only

Then came the third hole when Wie's round collapsed.

"It was a bad hole and everyone has bad holes," she said.

Wie hopes to play in next week's major, the McDonald's LPGA

"I want to be smart about" the injury, Wie said. "But I
definitely want to get back playing, so I'm going to work on it."

Sorenstam couldn't have been more satisfied with her play. She
made birdies on three of her final four holes.

Still, Sorenstam says she's searching for a balance between
swinging aggressively and yet in control enough not to re-injure
her back. "I'm happy to be back," she said. "It's great to post
a score."'

Wie tried to sound upbeat after deciding to leave. "I know what
to work on," she said. "The only way to go from here is up, so
I'm feeling pretty good about it."