Michelle Wie can add an important accomplishment to her impressive resume: Major winner.
Wie, 24, fired an even-par 70 on Sunday at the U.S. Women’s Open to hold off a charge from World No. 1 Stacy Lewis to win her first major title of her career.
“A lot of goosebumps walking up 18,” said Wie, the only player to finish the championship under par.
Wie used superior putting all week to notch the two-shot victory, with no three-putt greens over 72 holes – including 25 one-putts.
The most impressive one-putt came on the par-3 17th, making a downhill, 20-footer for birdie to recover from an ill-timed double-bogey at No. 16 when her ball buried above a greenside bunker and she had to take a drop.
“I smiled after making my double-bogey putt,” said Wie in a post-round interview on NBC. “Made it hard on myself.”
Here’s a look, hole-by-hole, at Wie’s victory at Pinehurst No. 2:
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Update #28: 5:55 p.m. EDT
Michelle Wie uses her 3-wood again off the tee and finds the fairway. Wie finds the green, 20 feet to the left of the flag. She leaves her first putt about 3 feet short, but makes the par putt to win the title.
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Update #27: 5:43 p.m. EDT
With 8-iron in hand from 161 yards, Michelle Wie hits a shot way into the air and the ball settles about 20 feet behind the hole.
And she drains it. Big fist pumps after the last revolution saw the ball fall.
Back to two strokes ahead moving to the 18th tee.
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Update #26: 5:34 p.m. EDT
After finding a fairway bunker off the 16th tee despite a conservative 3-wood off the tee, and then Michelle Wie’s second shot is nearly lost above a greenside bunker. With it unplayable, she takes a drop from 70 yards back and hits her fourth shot to 25 feet. Her bogey putt slides about 5 feet past the hole, which she drains to maintain a one-shot lead over Stacy Lewis.
Lewis is now on the range warming up in case of a playoff, which is a three-hole aggregate immediately after play.
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Update #25: 5:15 p.m. EDT
After a brilliant 7-iron to about 12 feet on the par-3 15th hole, Michelle Wie doesn’t give her birdie attempt enough mustard, cutting under the hole and settling for a par. She leads by three with three to play.
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Update #24: 5:04 p.m. EDT
After another stinger off the tee at No. 14, Michelle Wie comes up short of the green, but just 3 yards off to the left. After taking some relief, Wie hits her birdie putt from off the green to about 18 inches left of the hole. Another par and she is three ahead of Stacy Lewis with four to play.
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Update #23: 4:49 p.m. EDT
Michelle Wie finds the greenside bunker on the drivable, par-4 13th, blasts out to about 40 feet past the hole and two-putts to save par and stay three shots ahead of Stacy Lewis, who is in the clubhouse.
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Update #22: 4:35 p.m. EDT
Stacy Lewis finishes birdie-birdie after draining a 20-footer on No. 18 to finish the tournament at even par, three shots back of Michelle Wie. Lewis records a tournament-low, 4-under 66.
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Update #21: 4:29 p.m. EDT
Michelle Wie misses the 12th green short, but her chip shot settles 18 inches from the hole and settles for her 10th par of the day. She maintains her four-shot lead over Stacy Lewis.
Amy Yang picks up her fourth bogey of the day after missing a 12-footer for par on No. 12, falling out of a tie for second.
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Update #20: 4:23 p.m. EDT
Stacy Lewis is not going down without a fight, picking up birdie from 18 feet on No. 17 to move back to 1 over and four back of Wie, who has six holes yet to complete.
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Update #19: 4:19 p.m. EDT
Stacy Lewis misses an 8-footer for par on No. 15, dropping her second shot in three holes, slipping back to 2 over and is now five shots behind Michelle Wie.
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Update #18: 4:10 p.m. EDT
Facing another 35-footer on the par-4 11th, Michelle Wie comes up 18 inches short of the cup and settles for a tap-in par to stay at 3 under, four ahead of the field.
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Update #17: 3:56 p.m. EDT
Michelle Wie drains a 10-footer for eagle at the par-5 10th, taking advantage of a beautiful approach that settled under the hole.
Wie’s lead is now four shots over Stacy Lewis.
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Update #16: 3:53 p.m. EDT
After finding big problems on her tee shot at the par-4 14th, Stacy Lewis takes two to get out of the rough, hits a fourth shot to 10 feet and drains the bogey putt to fall back to 1 over, two shots back of Michelle Wie.
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Update #15: 3:51 p.m. EDT
Former Alabama All-American Stephanie Meadow makes a long eagle putt on No. 10 to move back to even on her round and 2 over for the tournament, just three shots off the lead.
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Update #14: 3:41 p.m. EDT
An outstanding up-and-down from a greenside bunker at the par-3 ninth keeps Michelle Wie at 1 under and one clear of Stacy Lewis.
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Update #13: 3:33 p.m. EDT
Stacy Lewis drains a 12-footer for birdie on the drivable, par-4 13th hole and is now within one shot of Michelle Wie.
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Update #12: 3:30 p.m. EDT
Facing a 25-footer for birdie on No. 8, Michelle Wie leaves it about 2 feet short and settles for a seventh consecutive par, maintaining a two-shot lead over Stacy Lewis.
Amy Yang gets a 4-footer to drop for par on No. 8, hitting the left edge and dropping in.
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Update #11: 3:12 p.m. EDT
Michelle Wie studies her 30-footer for birdie on No. 7, but misses it just left and makes a 2-footer for her par to maintain her two-shot lead over Stacy Lewis.
Amy Lee just misses a 15-footer to save par and drops another shot and is now 4 over on her round.
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Update #10: 3:05 p.m. EDT
That’s five consecutive pars for Michelle Wie, the latest at the par-3 sixth hole to remain at 1 under.
Stacy Lewis birdies the par-5 10th to move to 1 over on the tournament and is two shots back with Amy Yang.
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Update #9: 2:41 p.m. EDT
Michelle Wie with a missed opportunity on the par-5 fifth hole, coming up short of the green in two and taking three to get down, settling for a par and remains at 1 under.
Amy Yang misses a 15-footer for eagle and taps in for birdie to get back to 1 over, two off the lead.
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Update #8: 2:41 p.m. EDT
Watch out, looks like World No. 1 Stacy Lewis is making a run with three birdies over her last four holes, making the turn with a 2-under 33 to move to 2 over, three shots back of Michelle Wie. Lewis has four birdies and two bogeys as she makes the turn.
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Update #7: 2:31 p.m. EDT
It’s been a struggle for Amy Yang thus far today, as she moves to 4 over through four holes with a bogey at No. 4 after finding the middle of the fairway off the tee.
Meanwhile, Michelle Wie manages to save par after finding a right fairway bunker and stays two shots ahead of the field.
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Update #6: 2:18 p.m. EDT
Michelle Wie misses a 10-footer for birdie on No. 3, but remains two up on the field with her second consecutive par. Amy Yang steadies the ship with a par after a 20-foot miss for birdie.
Yang is T-2 with So Yeon Ryu, with Ryu picking up birdies at Nos. 3 and 4 to close in on Wie.
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Update #5: 2:02 p.m. EDT
And just like that Michelle Wie has a two-shot lead, and she just needed a par on the par-4 second hole. Amy Yang posts a double-bogey after her approach comes off the false front and takes four shots to get down.
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Update #4: 1:50 p.m. EDT
Michelle Wie finds the first green in regulation, but three-putts for a bogey to fall back to 1 under. Amy Yang follows suit with a bogey of her own, as her greenside chip comes back to her feet and she scrambles to stay tied for the lead.
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Update #3: 1:45 p.m. EDT
Juli Inkster not off to the start she was looking for, as the 53-year-old bogeys the par-4 first and falls back to 3 over and five shots off the lead.
So Yeon Ryu has started birdie-bogey-birdie to move to 2 over for the tournament and tied for third with three others.
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Update #2: 1:15 p.m. EDT
We’re about 20 minutes away from the final group taking to the course, and there isn’t any significant move toward the co-leaders at this point.
There will be an interesting battle for low amateur, as Canada’s Brooke Henderson is 2 under through five holes to move to 4 over, while Minjee Lee just teed off and is 2 over for the tournament. There were four other amateurs to make the cut.
Catriona Matthew has moved to 5 under on her round with another birdie at No. 11 and is currently T-12 at 4 over, six shots back of the leaders.
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Update #1: 12:45 p.m. EDT
Course setup will be a big storyline today, as the USGA has made both the par-4 third (235 yards) and par-4 13th (241 yards) drivable. Plus, both par-5s are reachable today, with the fifth at 468 yards and 10th at 452 yards.
The course is setup at its shortest of the week at 6,153 yards, with the Sunday pin locations at nearly the identical spots as the men face last Sunday.
Catriona Matthew is taking advantage of the shortness early, as she is 4 under through 10 holes – including an eagle at No. 10. She is 5 over for the tournament.
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PINEHURST, N.C. – A look at Michelle Wie’s complete bag of equipment at the U.S. Women’s Open, where she is tied for the lead after 54 holes.
PINEHURST, N.C. – The last time Michelle Wie played around these parts she withdrew after the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open with a wrist injury. A 12-year-old Alexis Thompson looked prime to beat an ailing Wie, who walked off after 27 holes at Pine Needles 17 over par. That was so 2007.
PINEHURST, N.C. – After Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, one of the first places he brought the trophy was to the bar at Orange Tree Golf Club. With its narrow corridors that demanded precision play, Stewart claimed the Orlando area course was the perfect prep for the Open examination. These days, Orange Tree is the home to 2014 Masters champion Bubba Watson and fellow Orlando resident Amy Yang, who prepared for the demands of the U.S. Women’s Open at Orange Tree as recently as June 13.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Juli Inkster, three days shy of her 54th birthday, negotiated Saturday’s third round of the U.S. Women’s Open in 66 strokes — not only the lowest round of the championship, but also the lowest round of the last two weeks by anyone not named Martin Kaymer.
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PINEHURST, N.C. – One week ago at Pinehurst, Martin Kaymer popped the drama balloon so early that by Sunday we were left wondering not who, but by how much. Blowouts in this game are rarely fun. The second act of this double feature, however, has been superb. Michelle Wie had walked inside the ropes with Jessica Korda during the final round of the men’s event, and when she looked up at the grandstands on the 18th, she got chills. “It really just got me pumped up for Sunday,” Wie said.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Michelle Wie’s putter is hotter than the temperature in the Sand Hills of North Carolina. And in case you were wondering, it is pizza-oven hot here. Wie rolled in birdie putts at her final two holes at Pinehurst No. 2 en route to a second straight 68 and a 36-hole total of 4-under 136 at the U.S. Women’s Open. More than any club in the bag, Wie’s putter has held her back from achieving the greatness predicted for her.
Call her a prodigy. Call her a wunderkind. Call her a phenom. Most of all, call her 11 years old. Lucy Li turned the age calendar on its head with consecutive rounds of 78 in the U.S. Women’s Open. Afterward, she talked openly about the experience, engaging in grownup conversation with journalists and fans who seemed to forget they were conversing with a person not old enough to be called a teenager. Let her be a girl, please.
Michelle Wie trailed by one shot entering Friday’s second round of the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Now, after a second-round 2-under 68, Wie leads by three shots. Lexi Thompson, the only other player under par, is solo second at 1 under while first-round leader Stacy Lewis shot 73 to fall back into a tie for third at even par. Here’s how it all unfolded Friday at Pinehurst No. 2:
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What’s more impressive: The No. 1 player in the world posts a bogey-free 67 to lead the U.S. Women’s Open, or an 11-year-old ice cream-wielding Lucy Li breaks 80 on Donald Ross’ demanding No. 2? Tough call, but the two have been inextricably linked after Lewis questioned earlier in the week whether someone so young should be making headlines on the biggest stage in the women’s game.
PINEHURST, N.C. – It should come as no surprise that the girl who once wanted to play with the boys is near the top of the leaderboard at Pinehurst No. 2, where the U.S. Open was held a week ago. On another hot and steamy day in the Sandhills of North Carolina, Michelle Wie carded five birdies en route to a round of 2-under 68 at the U.S. Women’s Open, just one stroke off the pace set by World No. 1 Stacy Lewis.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Stacy Lewis posted a 67 early Thursday and didn’t look back, but Michelle Wie got within a stroke late by birdieing her last hole of the day.But plenty of other notables, from Kraft Nabisco champion Lexi Thompson to Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster, took to Pinehurst No. 2 with mixed results. Here are 5 Things to know Thursday’s first round in Pinehurst.
PINEHURST, N.C. – The Kid, sporting cute little ponytails, clad in red, white and blue sparkling stars and stripes and appearing as if she just stepped out of an old Norman Rockwell painting, can flat-out play. If you were worried for the overall well-being of Lucy Li, the precocious 11-year-old amateur from California who is the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women’s Open history, worry no more. Yes, she’s 11, and yes, she has yet to start sixth grade, and yes, she’s not even old enough to try her hand at an AJGA event.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Here are three things I love about the Lucy Li phenomenon: 1. This 11-year-old girl uses the exact same iron head as the 29-year-old U.S. Open champion,Martin Kaymer. 2. She may be the only player in the field who paid for her golf equipment. 3. Li’s caddie, Bryan Bush, is available by request at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort or Maroon Creek Club in Aspen, Colo. Bush is a professional caddie who each year spends eight months in Pinehurst and four months in Aspen.
Stacy Lewis’ 3-under 67 Thursday morning earned the early lead at Pinehurst No. 2 in the first round of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open – then watched it hold up as challengers including Michelle Wie, Lydia Ko, Paula Creamer, Suzann Pettersen and Cristie Kerr took aim. Recap Thursday afternoon’s highlights right here.
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PINEHURST, N.C. – The men moved out of Pinehurst, and now the women take center stage in golf. On a national sports landscape that already is overwhelmed with content, the U.S. Women’s Open is a welcome moment for the women to establish more of a presence. The players can feel what it means. Michelle Wie, a winner on the LPGA tour this year and the No. 11 player in the Rolex Rankings, arrived here Sunday with two dozen of her female golfing colleagues to take in the scene at the famed Pinehurst No. 2 Course
Stacy Lewis enters this week’s U.S. Women’s Open sitting atop the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index – a spot she has occupied since last November. Lewis has put up some impressive numbers since the beginning of the 2013. In her last 40 starts she has 31 top-10 finishes and 17 inside the top five. However, one of her worst finishes using that time frame is last year U.S. Women’s Open where she tied for 42nd. Let’s look at the full field and their Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Paula Creamer’s penchant for pink led Casey Wittenberg, her former classmate at the David Leadbetter Academy and now a Web.com Tour pro, to label her the “Pink Panther” when she was 14. Four days before her high school graduation in 2005, Creamer won the first of her 10 LPGA Tour titles at the Sybase Classic. For the past decade, she has been America’s sweetheart of the golf links. Now she is engaged, and making her 12th U.S. Women’s Open start.
PINEHURST, N.C. – When Karrie Webb made her U.S. Women’s Open debut at Pine Needles in 1996, the LPGA rookie immediately fell in love with the place. “For me, Pine Needles was U.S. Open golf,” Webb said. The Aussie won the 2000 USWO at the Merit Club in Gurnee, Ill., and returned to Pine Needles in ’01 and successfully defended her title. The women returned to Peggy Kirk Bell’s sanctuary once more in 2007, making this the fourth time in Webb’s 19-year Women’s Open career that she will tee it up in the historic area.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Too much information? Not during these two weeks of national championships at Pinehurst No. 2. The goal has been to measure everything and leave nothing to chance. That way, the U.S. Golf Association could set up the golf course for last week’s U.S. Open and this week’s U.S. Women’s Open in a like manner, one that’s fair and comparable to both sets of players. That’s why the USGA is paying caddies $550 apiece for a week of that most precious commodity: inside information.
PINEHURST, N.C. – At 53, Juli Inkster is golf royalty. She won 31 LPGA titles. She captured seven major championships. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. She is playing this week in her 35th and last U.S. Women’s Open. No other golfer has accumulated so many Women’s Open appearances. Furthermore, when the queen of women’s golf descends from her throne, she mingles easily and comfortably with ordinary golfers. With Inkster, there are no pretensions. She doesn’t hide anything. She tells the truth. She is blunt and forthright.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Lucy Li is going to have a doozy of a story for the first day of school when her sixth-grade teacher asks what she did this summer. Li, an 11-year-old from Redwood Shores, Calif., is the youngest ever to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. She has been prepping here for two weeks already, the first of the 156-player field to register for the championship, and has met the likes of Webb Simpson, her favorite player, Annika Sorenstam and Anna Nordquist.
PINEHURST, N.C. – The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire may sound like some skit straight out of “Wayne’s World,” but it’s much higher brow than that. In the British Commonwealth, it’s a noble hierarchy of great honor, stature and distinction. Admittedly, it would seem a topic of conversation more befitting a stodgy parlor filled by the sound of clinking tea cups than the biggest women’s golf tournament in the land, but here at the 69th U.S. Women’s Open, there are 155 mortals and only one, ahem, Dame.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Skeptics, take heed. The doubleheader of back-to-back national championships appears to be working out. So far. Two days after Martin Kaymer’s relentless eight-stroke victory in the U.S. Open, this famed Donald Ross-designed golf course is ready for another week of onslaught. And surprisingly, it’s in fine shape – a little bruised in some fairways, a little pock-marked on some greens, but nothing like the immediate aftermath of previous U.S. Opens, when the course – say, Shinnecock Hills in 2004 and Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in 2009 – looked like war zones.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Stacy Lewis emerged from spinal surgery in the summer of 2003 an inch and a half taller thanks to a straighter spine. She spent eight weeks in bed recovering and, when it was time to start classes at Arkansas, couldn’t lift more than five pounds. Lewis’ parents moved her into a college dorm that redshirt season, and she spent much of the year working on short game because she couldn’t do much else. Shauna Estes-Taylor, then an assistant coach at Arkansas, is a short-game specialist.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Race horse down. Workout wizard Suzann Pettersen, who has been to women’s golf training what Tiger Woods has been to men’s golf training, laughed when asked about her exercise schedule in the gym. “Well, considering that two and a half months ago I couldn’t stand up,” she replied, “I feel pretty good. My workouts haven’t been very tough (or nonexistent), and it makes me feel lazy. At the same time, though, it fits my goal.” Pettersen and Woods, both thoroughbreds when it comes to exercise.
PINEHURST, N.C. – At 19, Lexi Thompson’s age is not an issue nor is it even a story this week. It would have been different back in yesteryear, a 19 year-old participant would have been a big story, but now that an 11-year-old qualifier Lucy Li is teeing it up this week at Pinehurst No. 2 age really isn’t a huge story anymore. For Thompson the story is more about a 19-year-old that actually can win this championship. Thompson can become the first teenager to win two majors.