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Wrist forces Wie to withdraw from Open

The only thing she broke was a bone in her left wrist in late January when she fell while running, keeping her out of competition for nearly four months. When she returned at the Ginn Tribute in South Carolina a month ago, she withdrew after 16 holes with a wrist injury, only two bogeys away from facing a one-year ban for non-tour members who fail to break 88.

Then, she infuriated Annika Sorenstam by showing up at the next tournament two days later to hit balls. Sorenstam said it showed a "lack of class and respect,'' and Wie countered that "I don't think I need to apologize for anything.''

Wie already has withdrawn from the John Deere Classic, saying she wasn't at full strength. But she played the Women's Open, where she hit only four out of 21 fairways and six out of 27 greens.

Natalie Gulbis, who played with Wie the first two rounds, could tell Wie was struggling with pain in the wrist.

"She's great for our sport,'' Gulbis said. "She brings so many people out to watch us play and she's a friend of mine. You just feel for anybody who has an injury. Nobody wants to stop in the middle of a round in the U.S. Open.''

Her advice to Wie was to get healthy

"But it's hard to take the same advice. They told me that too,'' Gulbis said of a back injury that forced her to withdraw from the LPGA Championship. "You want to try to play through it. We're competitive.''

Wie said she probably would return to Florida and meet with doctors about her wrist, which she said hurts enough "to bring tears to my eyes.'' But she wouldn't commit to much of anything beyond that.

"I just have to re-evaluate, make some smart choices and just have to see how it works out,'' she said. "But I'm sure everything will work out for the good.''

Wie is to enroll in Stanford this fall for her freshman year, which could give her the break she needs from golf. She rarely smiles on the golf course unless she acknowledges cheering for good shots. Those are rare, too.

"I definitely want to compete, because that's what I like to do,'' Wie said. "But (I) definitely have to think about my health and just work on it. Like I said, it's a work in progress.''

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