Michelle Wie wins with a birdie on the final hole
Michelle Wie winless drought came to an end Sunday at the HSBC Women’s World Championship. Wie posted a bogey-free round of seven-under 65 to claim a one-shot victory over Jenny Shin, Brooke Henderson, Danielle Kang, and Nelly Korda.
The 28-year-old’s last win came at the 2014 U.S. Open, came up short with her approach on the 72nd hole, and left herself a 36-foot-putt from outside the green. As it went in it certainly put pressure on Nelly Korda and Danielle Kang, playing on the hole behind her.
Wie called her putt – “the best” of her career – and neither Kang nor Korda could convert their birdie tries on the 72nd hole.
“I’m so proud of me and my caddie and my entire team,” said Wie. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been up here, so it feels pretty good. It feels great.”
With this clutch putt on 18, Michelle Wie wins the HSBC Women's World Championship!
Posted by LPGA on Saturday, March 3, 2018
Wie held the 54-hole lead at the same event last year but was surpassed by charging Inbee Park, who shot an 8-under 64 to lift the trophy with a shot.
“I wanted really badly to win, especially after what happened last year,” said Wie. “I had some unfinished business here.”
Wie with her win today moves to No.2 in the Race to CME Globe, her fifth title on the LPGA.
Nelly Korda, held the 54-hole lead, posted 71 today and had a chance to force a playoff against Michelle Wie if made a birdie from 15-foot on the 18th. It didn’t fall but still got her the best ever finish on the LPGA Tour, a tie for second.
“I definitely fought till the end. That’s definitely 100 percent true,” said Korda. “But I mean, sometimes it just doesn’t work out, but I’m proud of myself for fighting till the end.”
Korean Jin Young Ko and Australian Minjee Lee finished the event for a T-6th at 15-under-273 with their respective final rounds of 5-under-67 and 4-under-68.
The defending champion Inbee Park stood T-31st at 5-under-283 with Jennifer Song, In Gee Chun, Eun-Hee Ji, and Marina Alex.