It was a fateful decision that ultimately cost Michelle Wie a chance at her first career professional title. Needing birdie to reach a playoff at last year's Kraft Nabisco Championship, she used a wedge from the back fringe on the final hole, hitting her ball 10 feet past the cup, then failing to make the ensuing putt for a share of the lead.
Wie will not get a chance for vindication nor redemption when the Kraft Nabisco takes place next week. It was announced on Thursday that a wrist injury will prevent the 17-year-old from competing in the LPGA's first major of 2007.
"Unfortunately, Michelle will be unable to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship this year," Jesse Derris, a spokesman for Ken Sunshine Consultants, which represents Wie, said in a statement. "While the rehabilitation of her wrist is on schedule, Michelle wants to make sure she gives fans everything she can the next time she steps on the course. She's not there yet."
Wie first injured her left wrist after falling down while running last month.
As an LPGA non-member, Wie has not competed in any of the four women's tour events that have taken place this year. Prior to the injury, she played in her hometown PGA Tour event, the Sony Open, for the fourth consecutive year. The Punahou School senior shot 78-76 to miss the cut by 14 strokes, while having her right wrist wrapped due to a previous injury.