Michelle Wie's comeback from a finger injury lasted 13 holes.
The 24-year-old initially injured her right index finger at a tournament in late July and has not entered an event since withdrawing from the Meijer Classic on Aug. 7. Even though she had only begun to hit full shots earlier this week, Wie traveled to France to attempt to play 72 holes at the Evian Championship, the season's fifth and final major.
Last year's tournament was its first with major status, and Wie finished 37th. After winning her first career major championship in June at the U.S. Women's Open, Wie missed the cut at the Women's British Open and missed the LPGA Championship due to her injury. In a pre-tournament press conference, Wie said she had not yet played 18 holes and was a full club short on almost every shot hit.
"I'm not hitting as far as I want to, but at the same time I'm just really excited that I can hit balls and I can come out here and play," Wie said on Tuesday before the tournament. "I'm working up to 18 holes, so hopefully by Thursday I can play 18. But I'm feeling pretty good. I'm feeling pretty healthy, and I'm just really happy to be here."
After sitting out four consecutive tournaments, Wie said she was happy just to be back on the golf course.
"I think I was thinking a lot about it, and you kind of take your health for granted," Wie said. "You really shouldn't, and I think that with my injury it just kind of put a lot of things in perspective for me about how important your health is, and I was really looking forward to hitting balls again. But I was being really patient. I just decided to listen to the doctor this time and taking things pretty slowly."
Wie wore a splint for two weeks, then started putting and chipping last week. She only began to hit full shots earlier this week. Through 13 holes, Wie was 5-over.