Four days after claiming her first LPGA victory Michelle Wie withdrew from The LPGA Tour Championship. Playing with a limp most of the day Wie posted an even par round on a windy afternoon in Houston. After completing the round and she went to the medical tent briefly and then told tournament officials she had to withdraw due to an injured ankle.
Wie’s ankle has been an issue since she hurt it at The Solheim Cup but she was able to work through it last week when she won The Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico. Wie was disappointed with her withdrawal but realized she could do further damage and did not want to risk it.
The Tour Championship will miss Wie as she has become the biggest draw in women’s golf and with her fine play this year is the new hope of The LPGA. The Tour had a chance to capture some fans and a good share of television ratings as Wie faced off against the best golfers in the world this weekend. Lorena Ochoa leads the rest of the field as they tee off in the second round today.