A year ago, Wie hit the ball all over the desert, and played one shot off the cement cart path on her way to a quadruple-bogey 8 on the shortest hole at Bighorn. That knocked her off the leaderboard, and she hasn't been back since.
Wie showed up at the Sony Open on the U.S. men's tour in January with a tender wrist, which was attributed to that shot off the cart path. She broke the other wrist a few weeks later when she fell while jogging in a park.
And that was the start of her free fall.
Wie has played seven times on the U.S. women's tour, completing only two tournaments. She made the cut on the number at the U.S. LPGA Championship and made the cut at the Evian Masters. Both tournaments, she failed to break 80 in the third round.
But the scores were only part of the problem.
She returned at the Ginn Tribute, hosted by Sorenstam, and was 14 over par through 16 holes when she suddenly withdrew. Two bogeys would have disqualified her from the American tour for a year, and some thought she was evading the tour's "Rule 88." Worse yet, she was seen at the LPGA Championship hitting balls two days later, drawing an angry response from Sorenstam.
"I just feel that there's a little bit of lack of respect and class just to leave a tournament like that and then come out and practice," Sorenstam said.
Wie didn't apologize that week, and she made a weak attempt at one Tuesday when asked if she would have apologized to Sorenstam if she could start the year over.
"I never really said that," Wie said. "I still don't feel like I did something wrong. But if I felt if Annika or anyone felt like I disrespected them, of if I'd done anything wrong to them, I do apologize for that. But I don't really feel like I've done anything wrong as with myself."