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Michelle Wie Out 3-5 Weeks With Finger Injury
Michelle Wie's season has just gotten a little shorter. The 2014 U.S. Women's Open champion has been having a career year, but now, Wie will be on the shelf for 3-5 weeks with a finger injury. Wie withdrew on Thursday from last week's Meijer LPGA Classic.
Sorry I had to WD today. Thank you @meijer for hosting an amazing event. I hope to be better soon!
— Michelle Wie (@themichellewie) August 7, 2014
Wie will miss at least the next three tournaments on the LPGA Tour, including the season's fourth major -- the Wegman's LPGA Championship.
"Seven years ago, I would have tried to play through this injury and it is important to me not to make that mistake again," Wie told USA Today. "I feel more comfortable now listening to my body. And, while it's hard to miss this stretch of events, I know I will be better suited to continue a great year and finish strong."
Wie consulted hand surgeon Dr. Tom Graham, who said the injury happened simply because of the amount of golf Wie has been playing and that normal recovery time is anywhere between three and five weeks.
Related Link: Wie Hits NYC For Epic U.S. Women's Open Media Tour
Photo Of The Week
Rory McIlroy was quite smooth on the Valhalla golf course Sunday in the PGA Championship, and that includes during the trophy presentation. The Wanamaker Trophy is a large prize, weighing in at 27 pounds, and when PGA of America president Ted Bishop presented it to McIlroy, he mistakenly tried to shake Rory's hand and hold onto the trophy with his left. Off came the lid, but luckily, that hand-eye coordination that has helped make McIlroy the No. 1 player in the world kicked in and saved the day.
McIlroy's win was his second in three years in the PGA Championship and the fourth major title of his career.
For more of the week's best photos, click here.
Tweet Of The Week
Keegan Bradley loves himself some Howard Stern Show. Ever since he burst onto the scene at the 2011 PGA Championship, "Baba Booey" shouts have permeated galleries all over the tour. During the PGA Championship's selfie campaign, Bradley signed his picture with Baba Booey instead of his signature like everyone else. The shout out got Stern fans excited -- especially on the heels of Bradley's tweet asking to keep the popular call coming.
— PGA.COM (@PGA_com) August 5, 2014
For more of the week's best tweets, click here.
In Case You Missed It
Rory McIlroy's Open Championship Ball Sells For $52K
Remember the ball that Rory McIlroy threw into the crowd after winning his first Open Championship? The one that everyone was shocked he didn't keep?
Yeah, that ball was worth a lot of money. Read More
President Obama Hits Links with Ray Allen & Back9's Ahmad Rashad
United States President Barack Obama jetted north out of Washington to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts on Saturday, keen on enjoying a two-week vacation with his family. But first on the POTUS's agenda: golf.
After just 30 minutes at his rented vacation house, Obama made his way to Farm Neck Golf Club to tee it up with a couple friends of Back9Network – Executive Producer and Host Ahmad Rashad and former board member and early investor Ray Allen. The foursome was completed by Cyrus Walker, cousin of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Read More
Out Of Bounds
Now that major championship season is in the books, it's time for football -- which means it's time for more Peyton and Eli Manning commercials.
I know, I know -- you might be tired of these two being piped into your homes (not me, personally), but their new spot for DirecTV's "Fantasy Football Fantasy" campaign is one of the ages. Enjoy:
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