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Michelle Wie confident but says injured wrists will never be the same

She gave a press conference yesterday two days before teeing it up in the Fields Open.

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Michelle Wie is healthier, stronger and determined to succeed but concedes her injured wrists will never be the same.

“I just accepted the fact that it’s never going to be 100 percent ever again. After a major injury last year, it’s never going to be the way it was before,” she said Tuesday as she prepared for the LPGA Tour’s Fields Open, which begins Thursday.

The 18-year-old Wie said she’s accepted that her wrists are as good as they can be. She’s hoping to get her career back on track after a troublesome season of injuries, missed cuts and withdrawals.

“Obviously, it’s not 110 percent, but I feel pretty healthy,” she said. “I feel a lot stronger. I feel like I can be a lot more aggressive with the ball. I feel more like an athlete right now.”

Wie is starting the season on her home island of Oahu for the fifth straight year on a sponsor’s exemption.


She injured both wrists last year but kept playing, and struggling. She made only three cuts. In nine starts, she withdrew twice and only broke par twice in 19 rounds against women.

2007 was an unmitigated disaster for Michelle but the warning signs came early. Her poor play in late 2006 and reports of wrist problems early in 07.

I’ll go out on a limb, by sticking to my prediction that Michelle returns to form in 2008. Tomorrow we’ll get the first clue as to if I’m right or wrong.

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