Michelle Wie ended a three-and-a-half year winless streak by claiming the LPGA Lotte Championship with a final round five-under 67. The Lotte Championship is the third win of the 24-year-old’s career.
Wie entered the final round four strokes behind Angela Stanford, and broke away from a three-way tie for first with birdies on 12 and 13 to get to 14-under. Stanford birdied the par-five 14th to get to 13-under, one stroke back.
Wie was unfazed by Stanford’s birdie, and proceeded to put on a ball-striking exhibition that yielded a birdie on the par-three 16th for a two-stroke lead with two holes to play.
Stanford’s chances faded on the par-four 17th when she three-putted for bogey to give Wie a comfortable three-shot lead heading into the final hole.
The only bogey for Wie came on the 18th, but it didn’t matter because she won by two strokes in front of the hometown crowd at Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii.
The win moves Wie to second place in the Race to the CME Globe, and to 13th in the Rolex World Golf Rankings.
Wie remains the biggest draw on the LPGA, and her resurgence in 2014 is welcomed by many. She has four top-10s this season, including a second place finish to Lexi Thompson at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Stanford finished in second place, and world No. 1 Inbee Park finished in third place. Rounding out the top five were Hyo Joo Kim at solo fourth, and Chella Choi and So Yeon Ryu tied for fifth.