Wie victorious in Singapore for first win since 2014

Lawrence Cooper
March 5, 2018

Michelle Wie of the United States hits her shot during the final round of the HSBC Women's World Championship in Singapore on Sunday.

With four players in contention to win the tournament on the last hole at the Sentosa Golf Club, Wie separated herself from the pack when she birdied the 72nd hole for a final round of seven-under 65 to finish at 17-under 271.

Earlier, Jenny Shin held the outright lead when she teed off at the last, but her only bogey of the day would prove a costly one as she dropped into what turned out to be a four-way tie for second.

The 28-year-old broke out of a group sitting on 16 under thanks to her lengthy last-hole effort, but still had an anxious wait to find out if she would win the title as the final group came down the 18th.

Their playing partner Brooke Henderson finished with a birdie to card 68 and move into the tie for second, which also included Shin after her final round of 65.

"I'm so proud of me and my caddie and my entire team", said Wie. Her four on the par-three 15 came after Kang had been left with too much work to do when her chip from just off the green fell short by about 40 feet.

But it was certainly a learning experience, and with older sister Jessica by her side as she walked away from the 18th green, you can bet this won't be the last time you'll see Nelly near the top of an LPGA Tour leaderboard.

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"I wanted really badly to win, especially after what happened a year ago".

Third-round leader Nelly Korda hit a superb approach into the 18th to set up a birdie opportunity that would have forced a playoff, but missed her 2.4m putt. "It's a high, for sure", Wie told reporters after signing for a seven-under 65 to complete a one-stroke victory on 17-under for the tournament. "I wasn't really thinking about whether I was going to be in the lead tomorrow or chasing, but Nelly had a really solid game today", Kang said.

While she will tee off in the final round in third place and four shots off the lead, the three-time LPGA Tour victor will be somewhat disappointed with a 4-under 68 after a stunning start to her round.

While ending her victory drought was dramatic enough, Wie entered the week with retribution on her mind.

Wie made a strong start with three birdies on the front nine then added three more in her first five holes after the turn before saving her best for last when the pressure was at its most suffocating.

"Well, I never really ask Matt to help me read my long putts". She had been 9-under par for the back nine during the week, but just couldn't convert on a handful of chances before finally birding her final hole of the tournament. "Drama loves me", she said. "But I think that has to be the best putt of my career so far".

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