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Michelle Wie struggling with wrist injury

Michelle Wie has had a nagging wrist injury for the last couple of years, but this time it's enough that she showed up at the Sony Open with a bandage wrapped around her right wrist.

She described it as a "little injury" that happened at the Samsung World Championship three months ago when she tried to hit off the cart path on the 14th hole of Bighorn during the first round. Wie finished 17th in a 20-player field.

"It hurts a little bit, but not enough to stop me from playing," the 17-year-old said Tuesday.

Asked the nature of the injury, she wasn't sure. Some have told her it was strained ligaments, others have said strained tendons, or perhaps a pinched nerve.

This is one tournament she doesn't want to miss.

It will be Wie's fourth time playing the Sony Open, where she has not made the cut. The closest she came was her first year, at age 14, when she shot 68 to miss by one shot. But she is in a slump against the men, next-to-last in Japan during Thanksgiving week, and last at the European Masters and 84 Lumber Classic.

Wie will play the first two rounds with Gavin Coles, who ranked 196th in driving distance last year; and Stephen Marino, who shot 59 during the Arizona Open last year and had the best score at Q-school, a 62, on his way to earning his card.

January 10, 2007


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