Michelle Wie announces season-ending hand surgery

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Michelle Wie (Getty Images)

Michelle Wie’s 2018 season ended Thursday when the 29-year-old golfer underwent surgery on her right hand to fix a fracture, bone spurs and nerve entrapment.

“It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year, but hopefully I am finally on the path to being and STAYING pain free,” Wie wrote in a Twitter post announcing the end of her season.

Wie, a five-time winner on the LPGA Tour, has played only three regular-season tournaments since July. She withdrew from the Women’s British Open in August and sat out until the UL International Crown in early October. She finished 66th at last week’s LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in Korea.

Despite a nearly two-month break from golf, Wie said it wasn’t enough time for her hand to heal.

“After 3 cortisone injections and some rest following the British Open, we were hoping it was going to be enough to grind through the rest of the season, but it just wasn’t enough to get me through,” Wie wrote. “So I made the decision after Hana Bank to withdraw from the rest of the season, come back to the states, and get surgery to fix these issues.”

Wie said her surgery was successful.