Sunday, June 22, 2014

Michelle Wie Wins U.S. Open for her First Major Championship

Michelle Wie Wins Her First Major Championship

We have all waited for this for such a very long time. Michelle Wie won her first major championship today, by winning the U.S. Open by two strokes over Stacy Lewis.

Michelle started the day in a tie for first place with Amy Yang. At the start it did not appear that this was going to be Michelle's day as she and her playing partner (Yang), both bogeyed the first hole. At that point in the tournament there were 6 players within 3 strokes of the lead. When So Yeon Ryu birdied 1, 2, and 4, she pulled within 2 strokes of the leaders.

Yang then made double bogey on two, followed by bogeys on 4, 7, 12, and 14, ending any chance she had to win.

Meanwhile Michelle would keep her very slim lead by making pars on 8 consecutive holes (2 through 9).

When Michelle eagled the par 5 tenth hole she increased her lead to three strokes. One by one all the players chasing her would fall out of contention with the exception of a charging Stacy Lewis, and Stephanie Meadow who was making her professional debut.

When Stacy bogeyed the 16th it looked like her chances were over, but birdies on both 17 and 18 got her into the clubhouse at even par, 3 strokes behind Wie.

When Michelle double bogeyed the 16th hole, her lead shrunk to just one shot.

Meanwhile Meadow, who was playing incredibly consistent golf, was still in contention if she could birdie 17 and 18 and tie Stacy for the clubhouse lead. She only managed a par on 17, and when she birdied 18 (to finish 3 under on the back 9) she had 3rd place all to herself!

Now it came down to Michelle having to par 17 and 18 to win the championship. She put her approach shot to within 25 feet of the 17th hole and drilled her birdie putt in the center of the hole for a 2 stroke lead. When she sank her par putt on the 18th hole it was all over and she had the 4th victory of her career and first major championship.

It was Michelle's second victory of the season, and 9th victory for U.S. players this year. It also made the U.S. 2 for 2 in major championships this year, as Lexi Thompson won the Kraft earlier this year.

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