Wie wins LPGA Lotte Championship

Michelle Wie during Saturday's final round of her win at the 2014 LPGA Lotte Championship.
Michelle Wie during Saturday's final round of her win at the 2014 LPGA Lotte Championship. ( Associated Press )

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."