Wie drains huge putt to end title drought

05 March, 2018, 00:27 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Michelle Wie of the United States hits her shot during the final round of the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore on Sunday

"It was the first tournament of the year and for her to come and crush it the way she did, it was definitely inspiring and hopefully we'll see where tomorrow takes me".

"I'm so proud of me and my caddie and my entire team", said Wie. This year, it was Wie who came from behind to lift the trophy. "I didn't want to finish on a bogey. but I gave myself a really good par chance". "I had some unfinished business here".

Last week, sister Jessica won the LPGA Tour event in Thailand with a tournament-record total of 25-under.

With Wie the third USA player to win on tour this year, 2018 could be a big year for Americans - one Hawaii-born American in particular.

Nelly Korda, 19, held the overnight lead and was steady, if unspectacular, for most of Sunday.

Wie was entrenched in a four-way tie for the lead as she watched her approach shot land short of the green, but just moments later she was galloping towards the hole and pumping her fist as her ambitious 45ft effort found the cup.

It didn't fall, but still, Korda - the younger sister to last week's victor Jessica Korda - notched her best ever finish on the LPGA Tour, a tie for second. "But I mean, sometimes it just doesn't work out, but I'm proud of myself for fighting till the end". "I heard it from a hole back".

Although just in her third full season on the LPGA Tour, Henderson has five wins already to her credit. Kim made nine birdies, an eagle and a bogey to card a score of 62.

Wie hadn't claimed an LPGA title since her 2014 U.S. Women's Open triumph at Pinehurst, despite several top-five finishes in the ensuing three-plus years.

Korda was consoled by sister and fellow LPGA star Jessica as she left the course.

"I had a bunch of putts that were really close and a lot of them lipped and burned edges. I think it's been kind of well-documented", Wie said following her come-from-behind victory on a day when she started five strokes back of Nelly Korda.

"You go out there, and it's this feeling that gets you going".

"I try not to think about it too much, but I'm just going to go back to the hotel and relax", she said.

Korda shot an even-par 36 on the front nine before birding the par-4 10th.

Nelly Korda missed a nine-foot birdie putt to force a play-off while Jenny Shin bogeyed the last to end 16 under. It missed - one of her 33 putts on the day - and she'll have to wait for another opportunity for win no.1 on the LPGA Tour.

"I was hitting the correct shots". I called him in, I was like, "Yo, Matt, you've got to help me read this putt". "There's going to be more".

The only time in the 68-year history of the LPGA that sisters have both won tournaments, was Sweden's Sorenstam sisters Annika and Charlotta in 2000.


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