Wie looks to shrug off struggles as she defends Open crown

Wed Jul 8, 2015 5:23pm EDT
 
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By Larry Fine

LANCASTER, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Michelle Wie delivered on more than a decade of lofty expectations last year when she broke through to win her first major championship at the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst.

But after a subsequent year of struggles with illness, injury and swing changes, the 25-year-old from Hawaii is hoping to climb the mountain again as she defends her title at Lancaster Country Club in the year's third major.

"It's definitely been a tough year with my game," Wie told reporters ahead of Thursday's opening round.

"It's definitely not been as good as I want to be. I've been struggling with a couple of injuries and illnesses.

"I'm taking it day-by-day. Every day feels better than the day before."

Wie, with her fluid, powerful swing, faces a difficult task at the long, hilly, rough-lined Lancaster course with its steeply sloping greens.

The 156-player field includes such formidable contenders as world number one Park In-bee, winner of five of the last 12 majors, 19-year-old number two Lydia Ko of New Zealand looking for her maiden major, and long-hitting Britanny "Bam-Bam" Lincicome, winner of 2015's opening major, the ANA Inspiration.

Now that Wie has finally experienced the thrill of winning a major, the former prodigy is determined to overcome her recent setbacks.   Continued...

 
Michelle Wie plays from a bunker on the 7th fairway during the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club - West.  Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports