Michelle Wie claims victory in Lotte Championship in Hawaii
Last Updated: 20/04/14 10:16am
Michelle Wie: Now has three LPGA career titles
American Michelle Wie claimed her first LPGA title since 2010 with a two-shot victory in the Lotte Championship.
The 24-year-old, playing in her home state of Hawaii, started the final round four shots behind Angela Stanford.
But six birdies, during a five-under round of 67 helped her to move to 14 under and usurp her compatriot, who had her worst round of the tournament, carding three bogies in a one-over 73.
"It feels good," said 24-year-old Wie, for whom the title is the third of her career and her first on American soil after having previously won the 2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico and at Canadian Women's Open in August of 2010. "I'm just so happy right now I can't think straight.
"This is a dream come true for me. I think I'll have more confidence going forward.
"I was just being patient and having a blast. I had so much fun."
Wie has been in good form recently, claiming three top-10 finishes this year, including runner-up at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and she is expected to rise to 13th in the women's world rankings, from her pre-tournament position of 23rd.
"She's been playing great," admitted Stanford. "She's having a great year, so it was bound to happen. I just happened to be the one that caught the buzz saw."
Wie took sole possession of the lead with her fourth birdie of the day, at the par-three 12th, and added another at the par-five 13th.
After she rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the par-three 16th, Stanford bogeyed 17 to allow Wie to take a three-stroke cushion to the final hole, which she bogeyed.