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Wie pulls out of event early after nightmarish round

AP , MOUNT PLEASANT, SOUTH CAROLINA

Annika Sorenstam's return to the US LPGA Tour was better than she hoped. Michelle Wie's literally went down the drain at the Ginn Tribute on Thursday.

Sorenstam was satisfied with her even-par 72 after nearly two months off the tour because of a ruptured disk and a bulging disk.

Wie withdrew after shooting 14 over for 16 holes -- including a 10 on the par-5 third when her drive hit a parked car and fell down a storm drain -- and saying she had reaggravated a season-long wrist injury.

Rookie South Korean Angela Park was the leader at 6-under 66, two shots ahead of a group that included top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer and Pat Hurst.

Wie ``tweaked'' her wrist injury during the round. That was why, she said, she halted the round and not because of a US LPGA Tour rule banning non-tour members for the season if they shoot 88 or higher.

Two bogeys on her final two holes would've put Wie on the number -- and perhaps out of some of her sponsor-exempted US LPGA Tour events later this year.

Wie said she plans to play in next week's major, the McDonald's LPGA Championship. "I'm going to reanalyze it and kind of try to be smart about [recovering]," Wie said. "But I definitely want to play."

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