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Tearful Michelle Wie suggests career may be coming to an end after opening round of 84 at Women’s PGA Championship

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Various ailments to Michelle Wie’s right hand and wrist has forced the 29-year-old out of action for most of 2019, and after posting a round of 12-over-par in the opening round of this week’s Women’s KPMG PGA Championship, Wie suggested that her days on Tour may be coming to an end.

Wie, who has arthritis in both wrists and underwent surgery on her right wrist back in November, made six bogeys, two double-bogeys and a quadruple-bogey on her way to an opening 84. After her round, an emotional Wie broke down in tears after stating

“I’m not entirely sure how much more I have left in me. So even on the bad days, I’m just like trying to take time to enjoy it. But it’s tough, I just love being out here.”

The 29-year-old began her tournament on the back nine, and according to GolfWeek’s Beth Ann Nichols, began applying an ice pack to her wrist as early as the 11th hole.

Wie is set to tee off for her second round on Friday 2.44 PM CT.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. JP

    Jun 23, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    With that picture above, how does she not have back problems?!? She’s so twisted up, I hurt looking at it.
    She’s rich. Go enjoy life. Who cares about career? She had a better one than most of us and made a ton more money. Go enjoy it. Good for her!

  2. Mike C

    Jun 22, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    She is the single biggest underachiever in golf. Male or female. When she was a teenager it was predicted that she would be the greatest lady golfer even. With only 5 career wins she’s not going to even sniff the Hall of Fame.

    • Get a clue

      Jun 23, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      Her career has been plagued with injuries. What do you expect moron?

  3. P

    Jun 21, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Well at least now she can go home now and lay some pipe

  4. Sam

    Jun 21, 2019 at 11:41 am

    She needs to take the correct amount of time off, heal and really take care of herself before getting back out on the course. She is doing more damage then good.

    She really needs to get better first, then get a swing coach and tell her parents to give her some space. They are always hovering around her and she needs to learn to be on her own.

    Every time she is out there, she is making the issue worse and it is compounding where she won’t be able to play again.

    She will never be as good as these rising stars and all this hype about her has faded away a long time ago.

    Please stop playing and get better!

    • Mower

      Jun 21, 2019 at 6:23 pm

      You know she’s got a swing coach right?

    • Mm

      Jun 21, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      Just trying to put down a wounded dog is all

    • JThunder

      Jun 22, 2019 at 11:03 pm

      Arthritis does not get better. She could take 20 years off and it will not improve. It only gets worse – she’s likely trying to make the most of whatever time she has left.

  5. Jamie

    Jun 21, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Take off the rock when you play and find a simple band. Nobody who really matters cares how big it is. See a doctor. Rest. And for the last time, stop running to mommy and daddy. Are you still 12?

  6. Brandon

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:41 am

    I shoot 84 all the time. It’s nothing to cry about.

    • Distance Compression Dude

      Jun 27, 2019 at 10:54 am

      Are you a tour pro with 5 wins, one of which is a US Open?

      No? Then I would suggest shutting your mouth and keep shooting in the 80s.

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The 2006 season was a tale of severe ups and downs for Tiger Woods. It started as a lot of seasons do for him, with a win at Torrey Pines and another at Doral. All things as we would expect from TW in the first run of the season.

Then, life happened in a brutal way that would affect all of us severely: on May 3, 2006, his father passed away. Earl Woods was not only Tiger’s dad but his best friend, most trusted confidant, and Tiger’s security blanket. The passing itself was not a sudden shock per se but regardless it was a hit to the heart and soul of a young man who was on the verge of becoming a father himself.

Leading up to his passing, Tiger had top 25s at Bay Hill and The Players and a T3 at Augusta. Not bad by any measure, but in comparison to the rest of his year, a downtick. Looking back it’s to be expected, and by normal human measures, his play was pretty solid.

In the aftermath of Earl’s passing, Tiger had his first missed cut in a major at the U.S. Open. Not shocking at all, considering how tough the course played and the long layoff leading in for TW. It would be like not swinging a bat for two months and your first at-bat is against Randy Johnson. I don’t care who you are, but the odds are stacked against you in a major way.

It’s at this point that Tiger started a run that I believe was the greatest of his career, maybe even in history.

The Cialis Western Open was his first tournament back, roughly a month after his missed cut at the U.S. Open. It was simply a warmup for TW with a T2 and some signs that his ball-striking was rounding into form.

It was at the 2006 Open Championship that every part of Tiger’s game rounded into form. Some say his performance at Royal Liverpool was his best ball-striking performance ever.

This is what his coach at the time Hank Haney had to say:

“Many consider that the best ball-striking tournament of Tiger’s career but given the fact that he didn’t hit woods I probably wouldn’t go that far but he was nearly flawless with the irons, he hit all the shots, high and low, left to right and right to left.”

The win at The Open that year was monumental even beyond the ball striking. The moment the final putt dropped for a five-stroke victory Tiger Woods, the man who had been a stoic brick house since day one, broke down in tears. Exhausted physically and emotionally, Woods melted into caddie Steve Willams’ shoulder and let it all go. It was a beautiful moment.

The five tournaments after the open were a display of play that I think will go unmatched…ever.

Just look at the results: These are consecutive starts mind you. Keep in mind that winning any tournament is exhausting, two in a row, Herculean…What is six in a row? Not of this planet. And four of them were against the best fields in the world.

If you do the math, he was a combined 109 under par for a tournament average of 18 under. Also, keep in mind that this run included two majors and two WGC championships. Just one of those wins designates a great year. Tiger had four in the span of six weeks.

His final tallies were

Staggering performance, given the fact that he missed a good portion of the year dealing with the death of his father, which changes people in so many ways.

I’ll get pushback on this, especially from those who say the 2000 run was the pinnacle, but I disagree.

But of course, I’m a reasonable man. So I say: Bring it on. Change my mind.

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