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Michelle Wie withdraws from Safeway

She was due to play her second LPGA tournament of 2008 next week. Not any more.

LOS ANGELES – Michelle Wie withdrew from the Safeway International on Friday after tweaking an injury to her left wrist during practice last week.

“I am extremely disappointed to miss the 2008 Safeway International,” Wie said. “I’m so grateful to Tom Maletis and the entire tournament staff for offering me this great opportunity, and hope to be back again next year.

The 18-year-old Wie received a sponsor exemption to play in the event next week at Superstition Mountain in Arizona. She has played one tournament this year, finishing 20 strokes winner Paula Creamer in the Fields Open in Hawaii late last month.

Wie’s agent, Jill Smoller of the William Morris Agency, said the Stanford freshman reinjured her left wrist when she accidentally hit a ball that was embedded in thick rough on the driving range at Stanford on March 13.

Smoller said Wie immediately consulted a doctor at Stanford and also saw a hand specialist in Los Angeles on Monday.

Another wrist injury is troubling in light of Michelle’s terrible 07 season. I sincerely hope she healed and able to play again like she had up through the 2006 Evian Masters.

What’s this deep rough on a driving range crap? Last time I saw a driving range, there’s no rough. You hit it from the tee box. So either Jill Smoller doesn’t know anything about golf or got her facts wrong, the Wies are making things up, or AP can’t report a simple story. Something is weird. I’m going to email Craig Dolch and see if he has anything to say on this.

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