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NEWS: Wie (Neck) Withdraws From U.S. Women’s Open

Michelle Wie has played solid golf this year, but a nagging neck injury stopped her from making a run at another U.S. Open title. (Photo Credit: Kyle Terada, USA Today Sports)

BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY | It’s been a busy morning in Bedminster. After struggling throughout most of the opening round with a nagging neck injury (the left side of her neck seizes up and cramps), Michelle Wie made it one hole Friday morning before withdrawing. At the 11th tee (her second hole) Wie told her fellow competitors that she could no longer play.

Afterward, Wie put out a statement on Twitter:

She left Bedminster with no further comment.

Also, Pei Yun Chien and Wei-Ling Hsu, both from Taiwan, made that silliest of mistakes on Friday morning and were late for their second-round 9:01 a.m. tee time, costing them both two-shot penalties.

Given the miserable weather on Friday morning and the fact that I-287 in New Jersey was a parking lot, such a miscue might have been understandable, except that both players had finished their delayed first rounds before 8 a.m. The pair’s original second-round time was 8:46 but all second-round times were delayed 15 minutes due to weather.

This might have been a lost-in-translation moment, but the first rule of the U.S. Women’s Open is: you must show up to win.

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