“Guess who’s back? Back again. Wiezy’s back…tell a friend.”
That’s right, Michelle Wie will resume playing again after having emergency appendix surgery six weeks ago. The procedure forced her to withdraw from the Women’s Canadian Open in August.
Wie will suit up for the KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea on Thursday. Her goal is to play regularly and finish the 2017 season with the same momentum that she had before the surgery.
“Hopefully, I can build some momentum,” Wie said on Tuesday. “I’m extremely excited to be back, and I’m healthy.”
Before the surgery, Wie had not won a tournament on the LPGA Tour. However, she had a ton of momentum on her side. Before the Women’s Canadian Open, Wie had a T-3 finish at the RICOH Women’s British Open. She had five other T-4 finishes or better this season and catapulted herself from No. 186 in the World to No. 31.
But the expectations for Wie should not be sky-high as she just started hitting full shots three days before she departed for the KEB Hana Bank Championship.
Wie knows that she needs to be realistic with this return especially since she was out of commission from all physical activity for about five weeks.
“Unfortunately, I couldn’t really do much,” Wie said. “For the last four or five weeks, I couldn’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds. So, I’ve just been putting and chipping a little bit, from four weeks on.
“I’m not expecting to be rusty. I might be a little bit. I’m just going to try and be patient with myself and take it easy out there and just try to manage how I feel and what not.”
Including this weekend there are five tournaments remaining in the LPGA season. This will be the perfect time for Wiezy to fine-tune herself and regain that momentum when the calendar turns over in January for the beginning of the 2018 LPGA season.