Michelle Wie says she doesn't remember controversial 2007 withdrawal

Michelle Wie says she doesn’t remember controversial 2007 withdrawal

After speaking with her then-agent, Greg Nared (left), Wie said she could not continue at the 2007 Ginn Tribute because of her injured wrist.
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Michelle Wie said she doesn’t remember anything about her withdrawal from the Ginn Tournament in 2007 or other events during that injury-plagued year, according to an interview in the March issue of Golf Magazine.

In that tournament, Wie withdrew in the first round after 16 holes when she was in danger of shooting 88 and losing Tour privileges for the rest of the year. She claimed to have a wrist injury but was seen hitting balls two day later, and tournament host Annika Sorenstam said Wie showed a “lack of class and respect.”

“I actually don’t remember. What happened?” Wie said when asked about the tournament. “I have no comment about that because I really don’t remember.”

Asked if she really couldn’t remember anything about the incident, Wie responded, “I kinda do, but I don’t want to say anything false. I don’t need to rehash that. I don’t want to say anything false because I don’t remember.”

Wie also said she had never spoken to Sorenstam about her withdrawal and Sorenstam’s subsequent criticism.

“I don’t think so, no,” Wie said. “I think we’re over it. We’re past that.”

Golf Magazine editor at large Connell Barrett conducted the interview with Wie. Barrett said he has interviewed a lot of pro golfers over the years, but he had never found himself being interviewed by a pro golfer about her own career.

“This was the first time since she was a teen phenom that Michelle and her parents, B.J. and Bo, agreed to talk to Golf Magazine in-depth, so I wanted her to open up about her lowest points — 2007, 2008. I thought she might say, ‘No comment — that’s in the past.’ I did not expect to hear, ‘I don’t remember. What happened?'” Barrett said. “At first, I thought she meant that she doesn’t dwell on the low points. But when I pressed her on it, she said that she has repressed much from those years. She has blocked it out. Literally doesn’t remember. As she said, ‘I literally do not remember… It all blurs together. The year [2007] feels like it was a really short time.'”

Here is an excerpt from Barrett’s interview with Wie:

What was the lowest low point?
I don’t remember

What do you mean?
I don’t remember a lot from that time [nervous laugh]. I think I’ve blocked it out.

You mean you don’t dwell on it, or you literally don’t remember?
I literally don’t remember a lot of things from that time.

You mean entire tournaments?
Just in general. I don’t remember a lot of things.

Because it was so traumatic?
Yeah, it was a lot more traumatic for me than people think.

Elsewhere in the wide-ranging interview, Wie talks about her first pro win, her relationship with her parents and what advice she’d give to a teenage golf phenomenon.

“This interview was fun, because Michelle is so smart, quick-witted, playful,” Barrett said. “She has so much personality. But it was also surreal, especially when she said she couldn’t remember where the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open was played. When she said that, I thought, ‘Wait, you don’t remember where the biggest women’s major was held less than three years ago?’ Then, I jogged her memory, and she basically said, ‘Oh yeah, now I remember.'”

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