CANBERRA, Australia — Michelle Wie is eager to put a dismal year behind her when she tees off at the Women’s Australian Open, the season-opening tournament on the LPGA Tour.
Wie, playing for the first time in Australia, said Tuesday she has done her best to revamp her game after missing the cut in 10 of the 23 LPGA tournaments she played last year as her ranking dropped into the 60s.
“2012 was probably the worst year I’ve ever had in my entire career," she said. “It was rough. One thing led to another and it kind of snowballed."
Wie, who turned pro shortly before turning 16 and was awarded exemptions to several PGA events prior to joining the LPGA Tour, said her poor season made her realize she had to work harder to become a better player.
“I just really started from scratch," she said. “Some reporter asked me earlier on what I worked on in the off season and I replied: ‘everything.’ That’s really what I had to work on after last year.
“I saw (coach) David Leadbetter a lot this off season, a lot more than I usually did and just really worked on my swing, my short game, my putting, everything. I wanted my game to be on a whole other level, and hopefully 2013 will be really good."
—The Associated Press