Wie faces fitness battle

Wie has battled a number of ailments since winning the US Women’s Open at Pinehurst last year, and most recently she has been troubled by a hip problem that forced her to pull out of the Kingsmill Championship last month.

She then missed the cut at the??ShopRite LPGA Classic two weeks ago, and the 25-year-old has been undergoing intensive treatment ahead of the star-studded tournament at Westchester Country Club this week.

Wie is among 23 major champions in the field for the event, which was known as the LPGA Championship for 60 years before being rebranded this season following a collaboration between the LPGA and the PGA of America.

“It’s not a new tournament but definitely has a new vibe to it, so it’s a lot of fun,” Wie said. “I think it’s huge to go to big venues. Obviously they’ve played PGA Tour events, Senior PGA Tour events at this golf course. The venue is great, has a lot of history.”

When asked about her fitness issues, Wie added: “I just took a nice week at home, doing everything I could to get ready for this week. I went to physical therapy every single day, got an injection, and I just rested as much as I can.

“We’re coming up with ways to walking up these hills at Westchester. You might see me walk backwards, walk sideways, maybe crawl a couple of times, but I’ll make it up the hills.”

Meanwhile, Inbee Park is going for her third consecutive victory in the event – an achievement previously managed by Annika Sorenstam when she completed her hat-trick in 2005.

The South Korean also has a double target up for grabs as she would return to the top of the world rankings with a victory, even if current world No 1 Lydia Ko finishes second.

“The PGA of America and the LPGA collaborating on this tournament together and making a great tournament is something different and something unique,” Park said.

“Everything is really new and everything is very fresh and very exciting. So I’m really excited to see what this tournament is going to end up being. I’m sure it’s going to be a great one, and hopefully I’ll be the one holding the trophy.”