Wie wins LPGA Lotte Championship
Saturday, April 19, 2014
With six birdies in a final-round 67, Michelle Wie charged to the top of the leaderboard Saturday at the LPGA Lotte Championship and claimed her third win on the tour.
Wie – just two weeks removed from her runner-up finish in the season's first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship – birdied Nos. 1, 5 and 6 to quickly move to 12 under. Two holes later, third-round leader Angela Stanford bogeyed to create a tie atop the leaderboard.
Wie took the lead with a birdie at the 13th and needed another at the 14th to stay ahead of Stanford, who closed with 73, then pulled away down the stretch for a two-shot win at 14 under par.
"I think being back home, I think just not putting pressure on myself, just feeling all the support from the people this week, and you know just being patient – I just had a blast this week," Wie told Golf Channel.
Inbee Park finished strong, taking third place with a final-round 67 that lifted her to 11 under for the week. Hyo Joo Kim finished fourth another shot back after a 71, nearly birdieing the last to pull even with Park. Chella Choi and So Yeon Ryu finished tied for fifth at 9 under.
Wie said being home in Hawaii made a difference.
"This is a dream come true for me," she said. ". . . The amount of love I felt this week was unbelievable."