Wie ends title drought with clutch putt in Singapore
3/4/2018 10:46:55 AM EST
Michelle Wie rolled in a 36-foot birdie putt from just off the front of the green on the 72nd hole to win the HSBC Women's World Championship by one stroke over four players on Sunday in Singapore.
Wie, a 28-year-old American, closed with a bogey-free, 7-under-par 72 on Sentosa Golf Club's Tanjong Course to finish at 17-under 271.
"If I shot 6 or 7 under, I really thought I could win," Wie said, according to her hometown newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "I'm still kind of in shock."
The WTA Tour title was the first for Wie since she won the 2014 U.S. Women's Open for her lone major crown.
South Korea's Jenny Shin also shot 7 under on Sunday, and she was in position to force a playoff before logging her lone bogey of the round at No. 18.
Also tying for second were third-round leader Nelly Korda (1 under in the final round), Danielle Kang (2 under) and Canada's Brooke Henderson (5 under). Both Korda and Kang failed to convert birdie putts on the final green.
Australia's Minjee Lee (4 under) and South Korea's Jin Young Ko (5 under) tied for sixth at 15 under.
American Angela Stanford carded a 9-under 63 on Sunday, leaving her tied for eighth at 13 under. Also at 13 under was Thai amateur Atthaya Thitikul, who finished with a 6 under.
Five players shared 10th place at 12 under, including Nelly Korda's sister Jessica, who shot 2 under on Sunday, and South Korea's Sei Young Kim, whose final-round 62 broke the course record.
The fifth win of Wie's career was worth $225,000, giving Wie career earnings of more than $6.5 million since she turned pro before her 16th birthday.
--Field Level Media