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Home Comforts For Wie
Michelle Wie is hoping that returning to Hawaii will ignite her form after a poor run which has seen her drop down to 91st on the latest LPGA rankings.
The 23-year-old saw her tie for 41st two weeks ago in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, which was her best performance so far, though she has only broken 70 once in 18 rounds of golf this year.
Going home Wie said she was feeling more relaxed, which is good news as she heads into the LPGA Lotte Championship, which takes place at the Ko Olina Golf Club, just a couple of miles from where she grew up as a child.
Wie was a child prodigy when she first hit the greens, taking the women’s division by storm, and on Tuesday she had a somewhat indifferent practice round, decidedly taking more time between shots to work out the kinks in her technique.
Although a hometown hero and fondly familiar with the settings, Wie is not placed as a favourite to win the event, with Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis and Yani Tseng all battling for supremacy.
Park is the current world number one after taking top spot from Lewis, who had usurped Tseng a month previous. Other players to look out for include defending champion Ai Miyazato and 15-year-old Lydia Ko, the youngest ever winner on the LPGA Tour after her Canadian Open success in August of last year.