Q&A WITH MICHELLE WIE
Michelle Wie talks about her controversial round at the Ginn Tribute ahead of this week’s LPGA Championship.
DANA GROSS-RHODE: Thank you all for joining us. Michelle, thank you for coming in. If you just want to start off the day with a statement at all, kind of looking forward to this week?
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah, before answering any questions, I’d just like to clarify a couple of things.
The reason why I withdrew from last week was because of my left wrist injury, and you know, I should have quit earlier. I should have stopped playing when I tweaked it on the 10th hole. But, you know, as stubborn as I am, I just kept on playing because I wanted to play. It was my first event; I was like, hell no, I’m not quitting, I can do better than that. And I just kept on going, but I regret not quitting before.
When Greg came up to me, he asked me how I was and I was like, you know, I’m not doing so good. It hurts to play and I really want to play next week and I don’t think I can play tomorrow. And after I said that, I was just like, then why am I playing? At least save it, save my wrist for next week, and I really want to play in the U.S. Open, too. And I felt like if I hit one more shot – I had two holes remaining. If I played those two holes, I don’t think I would be here today playing this week.
So I think it was a good judgment call. It was time to shut down my wrist. I feel like I haven’t been sharing a lot of information about my injury or the conditions of my wrist. But at first when I hurt my wrist, I didn’t really know what was going on. So I didn’t want to tell the media; I didn’t want to tell you guys what was happening and go back and say, no, know, it wasn’t that, it was this and confuse everyone.
I didn’t know what was going on. The injury was very confusing, so I didn’t want to let the media know or anyone know until I was completely sure. Now I’m completely sure and I’m fine with telling my injury and telling what went wrong. But I didn’t want to say anything last week because it wasn’t good for my mental stage and I was really excited to get out there and that’s all I was thinking of.
You know, my wrist injury was just very unfortunate. I was in California at my aunt’s house, and just thought it would be good to work out. I was like, I haven’t worked out in a couple of days, “Oh, I think I should go out to the park and work out.” And I was running, which is quite stupid; people that know me, I can’t run at all.
So I just had this sudden wind of let’s just try running and I felt over something, it was about 6:30 in the morning and my brain doesn’t function. So, you know, I unfortunately fell. Obviously I was facing a right hand injury at that time, so being the great athlete that I am, I just tried – I kind of like fell on my left-hand side to protect my right hand, my right wrist.
At first, I didn’t think I broke it; I didn’t think I fractured it; I didn’t think I did anything to it. I was like, okay, just a little swore, it’s a little swollen; oh, I can’t move it anymore, what’s going on. So I went to the doctor, took an MRI, took an X-ray. At first it was just inflamed. They thought it was a bone bruise but a couple of weeks later I found out, you know, taking more MRIs, more X-rays, finally convinced to take a CAT scan in my left wrist and it was very confusing. There was a lot of conflicting information between those couple of months. So I didn’t really want to release anything.
But I’m feeling fine. So I’m letting people know right now; I just want to ask people to have patience, because I’m not 100% right now. I’m going through a hard time. It’s my first time facing an injury. Obviously my right hand injury has been, you know, nothing but with the bones. It’s just been tendonitis; it’s just been’s recurring, chronic from overpracticing. But I never experienced anything like my left injury. I never experienced any kind of injury from working out or falling down. It was purely accidental and it was very unfortunate. But you know, I’m not 100% right now, and I’m just trying to work through it.
The bone has fortunately healed completely so I’m not going to have any reoccurrence with problems with my bones but right now I’m still in the rehab process. I’m not 100% strong. I just haven’t played for a long time. So I’m still trying to get back into it. I lost a lot of distance. I lost a lot of clubhead speed, but I’m working on it. I gained a lot of love for the game over the last couple of months and I’m super-excited to be back out here.
I’m just working at it. It’s a work-in-progress. It’s going to take time, and I’m going to take all of the time in the world to get better and to play at my full potential again.
DANA GROSS-RHODE: Okay. Thank you very much for that.
Q. After your injury, how are you feeling about this competition? Do you still feel, even though you said you’re not 100%, that you’re going to come out very strong?
MICHELLE WIE: I’m just so excited to be here. I mean, I’m just so excited to play again. After four months or a couple of months of just sitting around doing nothing, I just love being out here. I just love being in the competition. I just love going out in tournaments and playing rounds and I’m just – there’s so many good memories of this tournament, that I feel comfortable here and I feel confident that, you know, I can play well.
But my mind is saying that; I’m not sure what my body will say. I have a very strong determination to play well. My heart is telling me that. You know, I’m just going to follow it and have fun.
Q. Can you go over your practice schedule since you left Charleston, where you’ve been and when you started practicing?
MICHELLE WIE: Well, unfortunately it kind of inflamed after Thursday’s round. Playing in practice rounds, it wasn’t as hard on my wrist as I thought, so it didn’t really hurt. And I thought, oh, let’s go play, and my doctor said I was fine to play last week. Unfortunately after Thursday, it kind of swelled up a little bit. I have a trainer/therapist who travels with me and she has been working on it extensively, massaging it, stimming it, icing it, everything.
I took Friday off and Saturday came here and started to hit balls a little bit and putt a lot, and just get back into the feel of the game, just trying to run over run over memories in my head of how I played last year and just preparing myself for this year and most importantly preparing my body for this week.
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