PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Michelle Wie's finger injury will sideline her for at least three weeks, meaning she will miss the LPGA Championship, which begins Thursday.
IMG Golf said Saturday that Wie has a stress reaction in her right index finger. The U.S. Women's Open champion from Honolulu withdrew from the Meijer LPGA Classic on Thursday in Michigan after playing nine holes in the first round.
IMG said she was examined by hand surgeon Dr. Tom Graham of the Cleveland Clinic.
"I was looking forward to playing the next three weeks," Wie said in the statement released by IMG. "It's honestly one of my favorite stretches on tour. It's extremely disappointing to miss these events, but I am relieved to have a proper diagnosis."
Graham said that injuries of this severity typically require about three to five weeks of limited practice and play before returning to competition.
"Michelle has developed an 'acute-on-chronic' injury influenced by the volume in which she practices and plays," said Graham, who also worked with Wie in 2007 when she broke her wrist.
Wie won the U.S. Women's Open on June 22 for her second victory of the year and fourth on the LPGA Tour.
"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 said. "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."