Michelle Wie, the winner of last year’s edition of the HSBC Women’s World Championship, has announced she is pulling out of this year’s tournament.

Wie, who is currently no. 34 on the Women’s World Golf Rankings, failed to finish the first round due to a recurring wrist problem.

The 29-year old had undergone surgery to her wrist back in October but still was not enough.

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Michelle Wie of the United States celebrates her birdie on the 18th green during the final round of the HSBC Women’s World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club on in Singapore last year. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

She said her hand had still been bothering her before the tournament, but she had not listened to her body, so eager was she to defend her title.

“I made the decision on 15 to withdraw because, at that point, I was unable to lift the club,” said the Michelle Wie.

“After getting surgery, I had it in my mind that I was going to be completely pain-free when I came back to Asia to defend my title.

“I was so ready to be pain-free, I ignored a couple of warning signs. As a result of not listening to my body, I endured a bad flare-up during my round.

“Being in that amount of pain, I was scared that I could possibly do further damage.

“Deciding to withdraw during the tournament is always the hardest decision to make but it was heartbreaking.”

Wie, a former child prodigy whose professional career has been hampered by a series of injuries, said scans had cleared her of any serious new damage.

Earlier on last week, Wie had talked further about the accident that caused her injury to the wrist and how in reality it could have gone much worse for her.

“I got into a car accident two years ago with my right hand on the wheel and got rear-ended,” said the 29-year old. “That’s what happened with the neck at (the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open at) Bedminster and I had an avulsion fracture in my right hand. So a piece of the bone had chipped off.

“So they just went in there and cleaned it up, cleaned up a little bit of scar tissue since I was with it for almost two years now. So the surgery went good. It was a pretty easy, normal procedure, and yeah, it’s taken quite a bit, but I think I’m back on track.”

This is a huge letdown for Wie who had been hoping she could defend the title in Singapore but the wrist injury proved to be too hurtful for her and it was not possible to keep on going for the whole tournament.

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