Recuperating Wie won't play at Evian

Michelle Wie playing a tee shot in round two of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open in Ottawa last month. She pulled out before the final round and has since had an appendix operation. She has now withdrawn from next week's Evian Championship.
Michelle Wie playing a tee shot in round two of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open in Ottawa last month. She pulled out before the final round and has since had an appendix operation. She has now withdrawn from next week's Evian Championship.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Michelle Wie on Thursday withdrew from next week's Evian Championship, citing medical advice following surgery to remove her appendix.

The 27-year-old, who has not played since pulling out before the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open on Aug 27 for the operation, said doctors had advised her to rest rather than travel to France for the final Major of the season.

"Unfortunately my doctors have advised me to continue resting which means I have to withdraw from @evianchamp next week," the American wrote in a post on Instagram.

"It breaks my heart to do so because there is nothing more I want right now than to be able to compete.

"I love the Evian Championship and it holds a special place in my heart. I grew up playing this championship and I can't wait to get back next year.

"As soon as the docs say I'm fully recovered, I will be back practising and playing. But, for now, I'm going to listen to them and lay low."

World No. 31 Wie is chasing her second Major win after a triumph in the 2014 US Open. She was joint-third at the British Open in Kingsbarns last month.

In July, she withdrew from the second round of the US Women's Open at Trump National Bedminster due to muscle spasms in her neck.

She has seven top-10 finishes in 17 starts this season.

The Evian Championship begins next Thursday at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains.

Wie has competed in the tournament all four times since it became a Major in 2013. She made the cut thrice and withdrew once. Her best result was joint 16th in 2015.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

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