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Wie says health is improving

December 14, 2011
By MICHAEL CASEY , The Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Michelle Wie is looking for a strong finish to a season in which she has been hindered by injuries and tinkered with her swing.

The 22-year-old from Honolulu has fallen to 17th in the rankings after spending much of 2010 in the top 10. With only two second-place finishes this season, she called this year "a work in progress."

"I had a couple of good finishes. But it is frustrating just because sometimes weeks didn't go my way, but at the same time you learn every week," said Wie, who struggled with a back injury toward the end of 2010.

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Michelle Wie, shown at a tournament last month, is ranked 17th in the world entering this week’s Dubai Ladies Masters.
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"Every week I gave it my all and as frustrated as I can be, I try to take a positive from it, and I feel like I improved quite a bit," Wie said. "Whether or not my results show it or not, I'm feeling like I'm getting healthy again with my body. My body feels pretty good."

Wie is among the biggest names at the Dubai Ladies Masters, the season-ending

European Tour event which starts today. Lexi Thompson, the 16-year-old American who became the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour in September, is also in the field, along with several top Europeans, including Anna Nordqvist and Sandra Gal.

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Wie has responded to her poor performance with tweaks to her swing.

"I had a couple of swing changes, but just overall working on my game," Wie said. "Obviously when you do try to work on something, the results sometimes don't come as quick as you want them to. But like I said, I worked on a lot of things this year, not particularly one in specific, but hopefully it'll pay off next year."

Wie dismissed claims by Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam that her pursuit of a communications degree at Stanford University was hurting her game. Wie said she has always worked to balance school and golf and insisted she has more time now to practice than she did while at Punahou School.

Wie has two career LPGA?wins, but this year has been overshadowed by top-ranked Yani Tseng and more recently Thompson, who has become a media darling since her five-stroke victory at the Navistar LPGA Classic in September.

"I haven't been playing very well this year. I shouldn't be getting the spotlight," Wie said. "I need to start winning. I need to start getting into the spotlight that way."



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