Wie breaks drought in native Hawaii|
Oahu, HI (SportsNetwork.com) - Michelle Wie closed with a 5-under 67 on
Saturday to win the LPGA LOTTE Championship, her first win since 2010.
Wie, playing at her home club Ko Olina Golf Club, finished at 14-under-par
274. This was her third victory on the LPGA Tour, but first since the 2010
Canadian Women's Open.
"I think being back home and not putting any pressure on myself and just
feeling all the support from the people this week. I was just being patient
and having a blast, I had so much fun," Wie said.
Third-round leader Angela Stanford stumbled to a 1-over 73 to end alone in
second place at minus-12. Women's world No. 1 Inbee Park matched Wie's 67 to
grab third place at 11-under 277.
Hyo-Joo Kim, who was playing on a sponsors exemption, managed a 1-under 71 in
the final round to end alone in fourth at minus-10.
So Yeon Ryu (69) and Chella Choi (67) shared fifth place at 9-under-par 279.
Wie got up and down for birdie on the first to briefly get within three, but
Stanford answered with a 3-foot birdie putt on the third. Wie 2-putted for
birdie on the par-5 fifth and followed with a 7-foot birdie effort on No. 6.
Stanford stumbled to a bogey on the sixth, and her lead was down to one. She
made a mess of the eighth and her bogey there created a 3-way tie atop the
leaderboard with Wie and Kim at minus-12.
Kim had birdied the first, fourth and seventh, but played the final 11 holes
in 2-over par.
Wie took control with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13, both from just inside
10 feet. Those birdies moved Wie to minus-14. Stanford answered with a birdie
on the 14 to get within one.
At the par-3 16th, Wie rolled in a 15-footer for birdie to push her lead back
to two. Stanford stumbled to a bogey on 17 to slide three back.
"I wasn't hitting it great today. Kind of had some in-between numbers, so just
kind of a little bit of everything. That's the way it goes," Stanford said.
"Today, I just didn't make the putts that I've been making. I just didn't make
the putts I needed to."
Wie closed with a 3-putt bogey at the last to trim her winning margin to two.
"This is a dream come true for me," Wie said of winning on her home course. "I
think I'll have more confidence going forward."
NOTES: Wie earned $255,000 for the victory and she moved atop the tour's money
list ... She will move to 13th in the world rankings on Monday ... Wie has had
four top-10 finishes in seven starts this season ... This was the first time
Wie came from behind to win. She had been the 54-hole leader in her previous
two victories ... The LPGA Tour heads to California next week for the Swinging
Skirts LPGA Classic, which is a new event on the schedule.
04/19 23:55:31 ET