January 10, 2020 / 1:33 AM / 3 months ago

Michelle Wie expecting her first child this summer

Golf - Women's British Open - Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Lytham Saint Annes, Britain - August 2, 2018 Michelle Wie of the U.S. lines up a putt during the first round Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

(Reuters) - Michelle Wie and husband Jonnie West are expecting their first child, a daughter, this summer, the American golfer announced on Instagram on Thursday.

“Babygirl, we love you so much already and we just can’t wait to meet you this summer!!” she wrote in a post alongside a photo of a pair of tiny running shoes.

The five-time winner on the LPGA Tour married West, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West, in August in Los Angeles.

In June Wie announced she was taking a break from competitive golf for the remainder of 2019 citing the injuries she has battled throughout her career.

The 30-year-old has been plagued by wrist problems and had endured a start-stop return to the sport following wrist surgery in October 2018.

The Hawaii native won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2014, the same year she achieved a career-high ranking of world number six.

Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; editing by Grant McCool

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