Michelle Wie shot a final round 67 to win the LPGA Lotte Championship by 2 strokes over Angela Stanford. It was a reversal of fortune for Wie, as just 2 weeks ago she finished runner up to Lexi Thompson at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
It certainly did not look like it was going to be Michelle Wie's day as Angela Stanford birdied the 3rd hole to take a 4 stroke lead over Michelle and Hyo Joo Kim of Korea. Then things started to change quite rapidly. Michelle would birdie holes 5 and 6, while Stanford bogeyed the 6th and 8th holes. Meanwhile Kim was looking very solid with birdies on the 1st, 4th, and 7th holes, and we had a 3 way tie at the turn.
From there on in it was all Wie, as she made medium length putts on 12, 13, and 16 to seal the victory.
Stanford could do no better than shoot even par on the back nine, and the pressure seemed to get to Kim as she shot a 2 over par 38 to fall out of contention.
The victory was especially sweet as it came in Michelle's home state of Hawaii. It was the 3rd LPGA win for Wie, and the first on American soil, as the first 2 were in Canada and Mexico. It was the first come from behind win of her career, as she was either tied or led after 54 holes in her first 2 victories. It was also Wie's first win in her last 79 starts.
It has been a stellar year so far for Michelle as she has finished in the top 16 in all seven of her starts this year.
Wie became the 4th American to win so far this season, joining Jessica Korda, Paula Creamer, and Lexi Thompson. Karrie Webb (Australia), and Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), are the only other players to win this year.