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Wie rallies at Kapolei for third LPGA Tour victory

April 20, 2014
By KAITLIN SAWYER , The Associated Press

KAPOLEI, Oahu - Michelle Wie rallied from four strokes back entering the day to shoot a 5-under-par 67 on Saturday and win the LPGA Lotte Championship.

The 24-year-old from Honolulu finished at 14-under 274 to beat third-round leader Angela Stanford by two strokes. It was Wie's third career win on the LPGA Tour, and first since taking the CN Canadian Women's Open in 2010.

"I'm just having fun out there," Wie said. "I was out there and nervous. Every time I felt nervous out there, I was looking around, I felt there was no place I'd rather be."

Stanford had her worst round of the tournament, shooting a 1-over 73 at Ko Olina Golf Club. Top-ranked Inbee Park (67) finished third with an 11-under 277.

"Today, just didn't make the putts that I've been making," Stanford said. "I wasn't hitting it great today. Just mis-clubbed a couple of times. Just mis-clubbed a couple of times. Just didn't make good decisions."

Wie was coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago in the Kraft Nabisco Championship when she closed with a 71 for her best position of the season.

Fact Box



Saturday's Final Round

At Kapolei, Oahu

Michelle Wie, $255,00070-67-70-67—274-14
Angela Stanford, $155,87472-64-67-73—276-12
Inbee Park, $113,07570-68-72-67—277-11
Hyo Joo Kim, $87,47368-70-69-71—278-10
Chella Choi, $64,00574-68-70-67—279-9
So Yeon Ryu, $64,00568-70-72-69—279-9
Haru Nomura, $45,23173-67-73-68—281-7
Amy Anderson, $45,23170-72-68-71—281-7
Katherine Kirk, $33,60273-70-71-68—282-6
Se Ri Pak, $33,60268-71-74-69—282-6
Katie M. Burnett, $33,60271-69-72-70—282-6
Cristie Kerr, $33,60272-66-70-74—282-6

"The highlight of this week was to come back home," Wie said. "There wasn't just one moment. From the first tee shot that I made to the last putt, the aloha that I felt from everyone was unbelievable."

A bogey for Stanford and a birdie for Wie on the par-4 sixth closed the gap to within a stroke.

A birdie for Wie on the par-3 12th gave her the outright lead. Another birdie on the par-5 13th put Wie two strokes ahead of Stanford and three strokes ahead of Hyo Joo Kim (71), who placed fourth at 278.



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