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Wie wins first major title

June 23, 2014
By DOUG FERGUSON , The Associated Press

PINEHURST, N.C. - Michelle Wie delivered a performance worthy of the hype that has been heaped on her since she was a teenager.

Wie bounced back from a late mistake at Pinehurst No. 2 to bury a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole, sending the 24-year-old from Honolulu to her first major championship Sunday, a two-shot victory over Stacy Lewis in the U.S. Women's Open.

Wie closed with an even-par 70 to finish at 2-under 278.

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Michelle Wie holds her trophy after winning the U.S. Women’s Open on Sunday.
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"Oh my God, I can't believe this is happening," she said.

Wie started the final round tied with Amy Yang, took the lead when Yang made double bogey on No. 2 and didn't let anyone catch her the rest of the day.

In trouble on the tough fourth hole, Wie got up and down from 135 yards with a shot to within three feet. She responded to a big run from Lewis by ripping a drive on the shortened par-5 10th and hitting a cut 8-iron to within 10 feet for eagle and a four-shot lead.

From a fairway bunker on the 16th, however, holding a three-shot lead, Wie stayed aggressive and hit hybrid from the sand into a wiregrass bush. She took a penalty drop, chipped on to about 35 feet, rapped her putt five feet past the hole and ended up with a double bogey.

Smiling as she left the green, even though her lead was down to one, Wie hit 8-iron safely onto the 17th green and sank her tough birdie putt.

"Obviously, there are moments of doubt in there," Wie said. "But obviously, I had so many people surrounding me. They never lost faith in me. That's pushed me forward."

Lewis made eight birdies to match the best score of the tournament with a 66.

"I knew I needed to get out early and post some numbers and make Michelle Wie earn it," she said.

Wie's second LPGA Tour win this year was the fourth of her career - and first on the U.S. Mainland. She won the Lotte Championship on Oahu in April.

The victory earned Wie $720,000, which will move her to the top of the money list.

Stephanie Meadow (69) finished at 281.

 
 
 

 

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