Michelle Wie has quite the entourage these days.
The doctor at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio who has worked on her hip. The doctor in Los Angeles who has been there for her ankle injuries. She also has a doctor in Florida where she lives. The way her season has gone, Wie can’t live without them.
It’s been one ailment after another since she won the U.S. Women’s Open last year. A finger injury. A respiratory infection. She had bursitis in her left hip and withdrew from the Kingsmill Championship in May. And after finishing 11th at the U.S. Women’s Open — that matched her best result of the year — she developed a bone spur in her left foot that she attributed to the hilly terrain of Lancaster Country Club.
She walked into the press center at Turnberry on Tuesday wearing a protective boot.
“It’s a new fashion,” she joked. “Yeah, it’s just doctor’s orders. He wants me to be in the boot when I’m not playing just so I can rest it and make sure I’m ready for the next day. So it’s more of a preventive thing.”
Wie didn’t hit balls from the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open on July 12 until she arrived Sunday for the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry. She said she was feeling better and was hopeful of no more setbacks this week. The goal is to bring down the inflammation in her foot, though that’s not the only issue.
“The bursitis is still there,” she said. “It was actually feeling really good coming into the (U.S. Women’s) Open. I think the golf course really pushed me back. But I got a cortisone shot in the hip joint. … I just let everything settle back in. The hip is feeling a lot better. It’s just something that I wish it was the offseason and I had more time.
“I never wanted to miss this tournament, so I’m here and I’m excited to play,” she said. “We’ll see once I get done with this week what the future plans are, but I’m just going to take it day by day. My doctor said that I might feel better all of a sudden one day, waking up one morning, so I’m really hoping for that.”
The LPGA Tour still has one more major in September at the Evian Championship in France, followed by the Solheim Cup.
Wie is at No. 3 in the Solheim Cup standings.
“Solheim, I don’t ever see myself not playing, so I’ll be there,” she said.