August 7, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Michelle Wie bows out of Meijer Classic due to lingering wrist injury; Sandra Gal leads

Michelle Wie watches her tee shot on the third hole during the first round Thursday of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club. Wie withdrew due to a sore wrist. (Matt Sullivan / Getty Images)

Belmont, Mich. — Michelle Wie withdrew during the first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic on Thursday because of a right wrist injury.

Wie was 5 over after nine holes when she pulled out of the tournament. She fought injuries to both wrists in 2007.

“It just started hurting last week and kept getting worse,” Wie said in the parking lot outside the medical trailer. “It got to the point where I really couldn’t hold a club today. I’m going to try and get an MRI right now and see what my next steps are. I hope I can play next week. So we’ll see.”

Wie won the U.S. Women’s Open on June 22 for her second victory of the year and fourth on the LPGA Tour.

Wie said she hoped to be able to play next week in the LPGA Championship.

Sandra Gal made six straight birdies on her back nine to take the first-round lead.

Gal, the 29-year-old German who won her lone LPGA Tour title in 2011, birdied Nos. 3-8 and finished with a par on No. 9 for a 6-under 65.

South Korea’s Inbee Park was a stroke behind Gal.

Australia’s Katherine Kirk opened with a 67, and Azahara Munoz was another stroke back along with IIhee Lee, Katy Harris, Gerina Piller, Amy Young and Line Vedel.

Lydia Ko matched Paula Creamer with a 69, and top-ranked Stacy Lewis shot 70.

Gal played in the morning wave in the LPGA Tour’s first regular tournament in Michigan since the Oldsmobile Classic ended its nine-year run in East Lansing in 2000.

U.S. Women's Amateur

Canadian teen Brooke Mackenzie Henderson advanced to the U.S. Women’s Amateur quarterfinals Thursday, winning two matches at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y.

Henderson, the low amateur in the U.S. Women’s Open, beat Ember Schuldt of Sterling, Illinois 4 and 3 in the morning, and topped Dylan Kim of Plano, Texas, 3 and 2 in the third round.