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Wie wins LPGA Lotte Championship

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:30 p.m. HST, Apr 19, 2014

Michelle Wie of Honolulu birdied three of the last seven holes to win the LPGA Lotte Championship Saturday at Ko Olina Golf Club for her third victory on tour and first on American soil. She fired a final-round 5-under 67 to shoot a 14-under 274 for the week to beat Texan Angela Stanford by two shots, who closed with a 1-over 73.

Wie took the lead on the 12th hole, moving to 13 under for the tournament with her fourth birdie of the day, thanks to a 15-foot putt. It was Wie's first win in four years and happened on her home course.

She expanded the lead to two strokes with another birdie on the par-4 13th hole and never looked back. A large gallery surrounding the 18th green celebrated with her. She entered Saturday's final round tied for second, four strokes behind Stanford, who fell behind Wie after parring the 12th hole.

Stanford birdied hole No. 14 while Wie made par, allowing Stanford to close within one shot of the Punahou School product, but Wie birdied No. 16 to seal the deal.

"I'm so happy I can't think straight," Wie said. "I love everybody here in Hawaii and celebrating tonight is going to be fun. I'm so proud of myself. I had a blast out there today. It was fun."

Wie, 24, had won two LPGA tournaments but none in America.

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808comp wrote:
Looks like she will finally win her first tourament on american soil.
on April 19,2014 | 04:00PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Congratulations to Michelle Wie. She has been playing well this year and her win here in Hawaii is superb.
on April 19,2014 | 04:30PM
hanalei395 wrote:
At last, there won't be any hateful comments from the usual chronic Michelle Wie naysayers. Congratulations Michelle. Three wins down. No. 4, coming up.
on April 19,2014 | 05:58PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Sadly, they will find something else. Maybe, "she hasn't won any majors" or "this was her home course." They'll find reasons.....
on April 19,2014 | 07:42PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Ignore it.
on April 19,2014 | 11:58PM
matsudo wrote:
My comment is not about her golf game but about her character, which is far more important in life. I volunteered to work the tournament this year as a parking attendant. On Wednesday the parking lot for the players was full, and Michelle had the nerve to park in a stall reserved for the handicapped. Just because she is Michelle Wie and visits the KoOlina golf club often does not give her special privileges to park in a stall for the handicapped when she has none (unless she was thinking about her golf game). I hope she pays for the ticket she received; she can afford it. More importantly is the principle of the matter--I hope she learns to have better character and attitude.
on April 20,2014 | 07:51AM
Giligan wrote:
on April 20,2014 | 07:04AM
stanx71 wrote:
You go girl, Congrats...Been waiting a long time for your 1st US win.
on April 19,2014 | 04:44PM
KahalaMoon wrote:
How wonderful! You go, girl. And to win here - the icing on the cake.
on April 19,2014 | 04:45PM
Too_Much_Pilikia wrote:
Way to go, Michelle! Welcome back!
on April 19,2014 | 04:46PM
islandsun wrote:
Better late than never.
on April 19,2014 | 04:51PM
808BigE wrote:
Uhhh...we must have VERY different definitions of late. You realize when you say "late" you mean winning an LPGA tournament at 24 years old, despite only being on tour for 6 years, including the fact that she went to Stanford and graduated during 4 of those. Yea pretty "late" win.
on April 19,2014 | 06:20PM
islandsun wrote:
More or less expectations of her sponsors, the LPGA, and many fans over the years mainly based on how well she performed as an amateur.
on April 19,2014 | 09:54PM
niimi wrote:
When your pops has BJ (Bad Judgement) and has you alter your swing to try to play with the men, that was a sidestep that cost her years. This season we are seeing some nice golf from her. Wie's swing is in terrific form. Ball striking is spot-on. Amazing distance control--and accurate! Even her putting has come into its own--116 putts this week--amazing! 4 top-10s, a win; a 2nd place at a major; worst placement is 16th. No missed cuts. It is amazing to see her game come into its own. Can't wait to see how the rest of her year goes.
on April 19,2014 | 10:38PM
false wrote:
Yeah! Michelle you are awesome. Such tenacity. Go get it! You deserve it. Thank you for staying the course in the face of all........It has been a journey. What's next?
on April 19,2014 | 04:51PM
primowarrior wrote:
Congratulations, Michelle! Long time coming, but oh so sweet!
on April 19,2014 | 05:04PM
builderguy wrote:
To come back from 4 down. Way to go.
on April 19,2014 | 05:15PM
kahu808 wrote:
The naysayers need to submit their apologies. Well done girl!!
on April 19,2014 | 05:16PM
kaila wrote:
Congrats! Chee Whoo!
on April 19,2014 | 05:19PM
false wrote:
WIE,WIE!! Great win,girl.Hopefully and I believe,this a start of great things to come. Hawaii is proud of you!
on April 19,2014 | 06:20PM
giha001 wrote:
False - You are so full if it. You are the biggest naysayer out there. Care to repeat the comments you made before the tournament started?
on April 19,2014 | 07:17PM
amela wrote:
Holy cow! Never gave up, congratulations. Always getting close, finally.
on April 19,2014 | 06:25PM
paniolo wrote:
Congrats Michelle. At Nabisco tournament you came very close, but this week, YOU DID IT!!!
on April 19,2014 | 06:45PM
wsato wrote:
Her current swing (dare i say, ala moe norman) is what won her this tournament. Low, boring ball flight, no one else handled the wind as well as she did. Granted, you gotta make some putts to go -14/-15, but OMG, how many putts did she leave in the heart or lip out? If she putted, she would've lapped this field AND would've won a major last week. Dave pelz is a phone call away
on April 19,2014 | 07:00PM
GoldenDisc wrote:
She missed a few putts, but did now waiver in her determination and technique. Like she said yesterday, she thought she was doing the right things even if the balls weren't dropping. She didn't panic and start doing some crazy thing with her putter. She had the winner attitude, to stick with her game plan. A loser would have had the negative thoughts in your comments. Negative thoughts cause self-destruction on the athletic field. I'm sure she'll continue to evolve her techniques.
on April 19,2014 | 07:28PM
niimi wrote:
And some dope of a commenter on the SA board here said she made "excuses." What excuses? She said she was doing the right things and sometimes you make putts and sometimes you don't. That's not making excuses. I'd like to see that commenter now.
on April 19,2014 | 10:40PM
Kapaho wrote:
Congratulations Michelle. What a great come from behind win. She has been playing good all year and hopefully this will lead to more victories in the future.
on April 19,2014 | 07:22PM
tjn wrote:
Way to go Michelle..! You make Hawaii proud..! Great controlled game; it will serve you well going forward..! And great attitude, too..! That's the Aloha spirit..! - And, to those handful of critics always throwing your small minded pot shots in these comment sections - please go back into your troll- holes and let the 99.9% of us supporters not have to experience your poison. Easiest job in the world: being a critic.
on April 19,2014 | 07:33PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Outstanding job Michelle. This young lady has more guts than most. To go through all the pressure, negativity, second guessing, heck, people even hating on her parents....and to come through like this.....well done!!
on April 19,2014 | 07:41PM
Skyler wrote:
Chee-huuuu! Congrats on the win.
on April 19,2014 | 07:53PM
manoa111 wrote:
Yes, Congratulations. It's a good first step after so long a wait. #3. The problem is, whomever called this it out when she was 15-16 said she will play in the Masters, etc So, the expectations have been lowered to where they should be, compete in the LPGA. I think even she realizes the folly of the teen years when declaring her intent (Masters) and the world thought she was the next female Tiger Woods. Everyone to blame on these high expectations, a good reality check for all. Glad she won but let's make our expectations realistic. She finally has, I think, come to grips with this. I'm not an apologist but it would be interesting to hear her talk about her thoughts on the Masters now. I think it would be much more calculated.
on April 19,2014 | 08:05PM
dlum003 wrote:
Uh oh, better get a bigger visor. That one's getting tight fast.
on April 19,2014 | 08:10PM
GoldenDisc wrote:
She is the most humble person when interviewed. In her last tournament, she was in second place. Yet she expressed genuine happiness for the winner. Nothing wrong with an athlete knowing when they played well.
on April 19,2014 | 09:50PM
WizardOfMoa wrote:
Way to go girl, way to go!!
on April 19,2014 | 08:12PM
kimo wrote:
Michelle, all of Hawaii is so proud of you, our keiki o ka aina. Not just because you won today, but because of the way you've carried yourself all these years. You're a highly visible symbol of the aloha spirit, and it radiates through your smile and your kind deeds and words. We all know in our hearts what you can accomplish on and off the course, so we're happy but not surprised that your game is gradually coming around. Wins and top finishes are wonderful. We all love winners. But being a winner, in good times and bad, is even more precious. And in this regard, you are and will always be a winner. Way to go!
on April 19,2014 | 08:25PM
AlohaTim wrote:
More good things to come.... Congrats! Michelle .
on April 19,2014 | 08:40PM
wkam wrote:
Weee! Is all I can say! More to come!
on April 19,2014 | 08:56PM
usahwn wrote:
Just what the LPGA needs to promote their show. Cannot do it better than Michelle. Congratulations on a great win !
on April 19,2014 | 09:04PM
saveparadise wrote:
Hawaii is proud of you Michelle! You earned this one big time. Quality opponents and you not only out hit em, you out putted them. That was some cool shot making after teeing off with that 3 wood. Stay with that strategy and continue to make us proud.
on April 19,2014 | 10:17PM
NYUH wrote:
Nice reminder to hang in there despite the circumstances. Congrats.
on April 20,2014 | 12:10AM
glenn57377 wrote:
Congratulations Michelle! A very humble, smart, athletic and pretty woman. A great ambassador and role model. I wish her continued success.
on April 20,2014 | 12:55AM
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