Wie’s neck issue flares up during first round of U.S. Women’s Open

Michelle Wie chips onto the seventh green during the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open on Thursday. AP photo

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Michelle Wie of Honolulu has been bothered by a neck issue in recent weeks, and it flared up again Thursday late in the opening round of the U.S. Women’s Open.
Wie shot 1-over-par 73 at Trump National Golf Club, which left her seven shots behind the leader, Shanshan Feng, with 39 players yet to complete the round.
Afternoon rain and lightning forced officials to put play on hold for more than two hours. Wie’s round was suspended with five holes left, and when she resumed, she had her neck massaged by her father while playing partners Suzann Pettersen and Brittany Lincicome teed off on the par-3 14th. When Pettersen and Lincicome headed toward the green, B.J. Wie applied ice to his daughter’s neck. Michelle Wie then got treatment from a physical therapist before joining Lincicome and Pettersen on the green.
Wie said she did not hit a ball after the Women’s PGA Championship two weeks ago.
“I knew I needed a small miracle and I was excited, so giddy playing today,” said Wie, who won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2014.
She said pain started after the rain delay.
“Felt OK and then I hit one drive at the end that seized it back up,” she said. “I called the rules official over. I was ready to pull out. I couldn’t swing. Then thankfully the physios came, we had 15 minutes and I made it through.”
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