Wie withdraws from U.S. Women’s Open

Michelle Wie hits a shot Thursday during the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open. -- AP photo

By TOM CANAVAN, The Associated Press

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Michelle Wie of Honolulu withdrew from the U.S. Women’s Open on Friday because of a neck problem.

Wie withdrew on the second hole of her second round. She played her final five holes of Thursday’s first round in pain.

“The U.S. Women’s Open is by far one of my favorite tournaments. … I so badly wanted to play today and the rest of the week,” Wie said in a statement.

She won the event in 2014.

Wie said she sprained her neck two weeks ago before the last round of the Women’s PGA Championship. She finished the tournament but did not hit balls in the weeks leading to the Open.

There was no indication of any problem in the first round Thursday until Wie returned to the course after a weather delay at Trump National Golf Club that lasted more than two hours.

Playing partners Suzann Pettersen and Brittany Lincicome teed off on the 14th hole while Wie’s neck was massaged by her father. Pettersen and Lincicome then headed toward the green while B.J. Wie iced the right side of his daughter’s neck. Wie then got treatment at the hole from a physical therapist before heading to the green, and ended up with a 1-over-par round of 73.