Published: Tue, March 06, 2018

Michelle Wie sinks 36-foot putt to win first tournament since 2014

Michelle Wie sinks 36-foot putt to win first tournament since 2014

"I just wanted to get revenge after previous year a little bit", Wie said, referring to the 2017 HSBC tournament when she led for 54 holes but failed to close the deal.

But she still faced an anxious wait before being declared the champion.

"That has to be the best putt of my career", said an elated Wie. There's going to be another feeling like this. It's this feeling that makes you practice. Please make sure to click through to get the maximum effect.

She had been waiting for this moment since the 2014 US Women's Open, enduring so many setbacks including two months out with a finger injury, and then a case of bursitis and, more recently, a neck complaint and an emergency operation to remove her appendix in September.

In the process, Wie had also avenged last year's loss, when she had led after the first and third rounds. The 19-year-old, who only joined the LPGA Tour last year, hit a superb approach into the 18th to set up a birdie opportunity that would have forced a playoff but missed her 8-foot putt and settled for a final-round 71.

The world No. 56 said: "I had a bunch of putts that were really close and a lot of them lipped and burnt edges. It definitely hurts, but that's golf", Korda said. There's going to be another feeling like this. So I just knew I wasn't going to hit that short.

But Shin, who enjoyed eight birdies in her last round, could not provide the fairy-tale end to her stellar performance as the 25-year-old South Korean bogeyed her last hole. Korda and Kang finished in a four-way tie for second at 16-under, alongside Jenny Shin (65) and Brooke Henderson (67). "But other than that, struck the ball well and I hung in there".

Wie, who'd been in position to win this event a year ago, was on the front fringe of the closing par-four in two, but calmly rolled in a 15m bomb to eventually prevail by a stroke. "I heard it from a hole back".

This is why we keeping coming back, this is why we stay till the finish.

"The nerves got me, maybe", Shin said. Wie's reaction when it fell in on the low side, well see for yourself.

We (I) have made a lot of Mickelson's first win in almost five years, but Wie has experienced all the ups and downs Lefty has and then some.

"I just kind of wanted to get revenge after past year a little bit".

"I'm just really proud for making a lot of birdies and keep going, and never really getting out of my head, which I'm really proud of doing today". "It's been a tough journey, but I'm just really proud that I pulled myself out of it". I just want to keep rising.

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