Michelle Wie to take off rest of the year, try to get healthy

Michelle Wie says she’ll take a break for the rest of the year to try to get healthy.

Wie had surgery on her right hand in October and tried to return in February, completing one tournament. She sat out a month and returned to the LPGA Tour’s first major and to her hometown event in Hawaii, both times missing the cut. After withdrawing from the U.S. Women’s Open, the 29-year-old Wie played in the Women’s PGA Championship last week and shot rounds of 84-82.

In an Instagram post Friday, Wie said, “After doing everything I could to play this year, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off from competitive golf.” She said that will be her best chance to “finally get healthy.”

The Stanford alum is engaged to Warriors director of basketball operations Jonnie West.

LPGA Tour: Inbee Park had five consecutive birdies in a 9-under-par 62 to take the first-round lead in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark.

Seeking her 20th LPGA Tour victory and first since early last year, the South Korean began the birdie run on the second hole of the round that started on No. 10. She also birdied the par-5 18th to make the turn at 6-under 29 and added three birdies on the second nine.

Paula Creamer, who was born in Mountain View and raised in Pleasanton, was a stroke back along with Carlota Ciganda and Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong.

PGA Tour: Nate Lashley shot a 5-under 67 to top the Rocket Mortgage Classic leaderboard for the second straight day. Lashley had a 14-under 130 total at Detroit Golf Club.

Cameron Champ was a stroke back after a 65. He played the front nine in 8-under 28, matching the lowest nine-hole score on the PGA Tour this season.

Dustin Johnson, the world’s second-ranked player, and U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland finished at 2-under to miss the cut by two strokes. Chez Reavie, who won the Travelers Championship last weekend, and Bubba Watson also failed to make it to the the third round.

U.S. Senior Open: For the second straight day, Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, friends and competitors since their junior years in Wisconsin, took apart the rain-softened Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind., each shooting bogey-free rounds of 6-under 64.

Stricker broke the tournament’s 36-hole record at 14-under 126, a day after shooting an event-record 62 for a share of the first-round lead with defending champion David Toms. Kelly was two strokes back.

European Tour: Christiaan Bezuidenhout has taken a four-shot lead over tournament host Sergio Garcia and three other golfers at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Sotogrande, Spain.

Bezuidenhout carded a 3-under 68 to reach 8-under for the tournament after two rounds. Garcia shot 72 and is at 4-under, along with Bradley Dredge, Adri Arnaus and Alvaro Quiros.

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