POSTED: 2:50 p.m. HST, Apr 19, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 9:30 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.