Michelle Wie all smiles after claiming Lotte Championship in Hawaii
Michelle Wie won the LPGA Lotte Championship this past Saturday, coming back from four strokes behind at the start of the round and shooting a 5-under 67 as her rivals struggled to match her energy.
Wie finished at 14-under 274 to taker her third career victory on the LPGA Tour and first since 2010; achieving her win in Hawaii, where she grew up.
“Every time I felt nervous out there, I was looking around, I felt there was no place I'd rather be,” Wie explained.
Wie added: “The highlight of this week was to come back home. 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.”
Third-round leader Angela Stanford had her worst day of the tournament, shooting a 73 that left her two shots behind Wie. After the game she was full of praise for her opponents game.
“She's been playing great,” Stanford said. “She's having a great year, so it was bound to happen. I just happened to be the one that caught the buzz saw.”
Trade winds challenged the golfers all day, but Wie persevered. “My caddy isn't one for pep talks, but he gave a good one today,” she said. “He said, ‘It's windy out there today, but play your game,’ and that's really what I did. I didn't try to force anything. I had a number in my head that I thought I needed to shoot, and I got it.”