Wie skips men’s Casio World next month

TOKYO(AP) Michelle Wie will skip the Japanese tour’s Casio World Open golf tournament next month while she recovers from hand injuries.

“We have concluded that it is important for her to fully recover from her hand injuries before playing to her potential,” said Yuichi Miyakawa, a spokesman for tournament sponsor Casio Computer Co on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old Hawaiian had tendinitis in her right wrist at the Sony Open in January and broke her left wrist in February, Miyakawa said.

In her two appearances at the Casio World Open, one of Japan’s richest men’s tournaments, Wie missed the cut by one stoke in 2005. Last year, Wie finished second from the bottom after missing the cut by 17 strokes.

With a total prize money of 140 million yen (US$1.22 million; 850,000), the Casio World Open will be held in Kochi on Japan’s southwestern main island of Shikoku starting Nov. 22.

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