Michelle Wie Wins 2014 LPGA Lotte Championship

Michelle Wie (click to enlarge)

With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, apparently you can go home again. In a storybook scenario, Michelle Wie returned to the comforts of her native Hawaii to win the 2014 LPGA Lotte Championship presented by J Golf. It wasn’t just a crowd rooting for the hometown hero. Watching how naturally and affectionately Michelle interacted with patrons it felt like she is truly beloved by her fellow Hawaiians. She is a part of them and they embrace her without reservation.

Michelle Wie (click to enlarge)

Michelle (-9) would need that support going into the final round. She trailed Angela Stanford (-13) by 4 shots. In her last event, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wie was unable to mount a charge against Lexi Thompson. But this time, perhaps the fact that Angela had a significant advantage allowed Michelle to play with more ease and relaxation. That seemed to be the case as she birdied her first hole of the day and soon thereafter had back to back birdies on 5 and 6. After a bogey on 8 by Stanford, Wie had quickly pulled even with her Solheim Cup teammate at 12-under. However, they were not alone as rising South Korean phenom Hyo Joo Kim also sat at 12-under. Angela and Hyo Joo would fade on the back 9 as Michelle played possibly the most assured golf that she has demonstrated in some time on the final 9. She found birdie on 12, 13 and 16. By the time she bogeyed the 18th, matters were already decided. The graduate of Stanford had bested the woman named Stanford on this day.

Michelle Wie gets a congratulatory hug from Cristie Kerr (click to enlarge)

For mainstream sports fans who don’t pay attention to the LPGA, it might seem like a sudden revival of Michelle’s game. That would be inaccurate, to say the least. LPGA fans could see this one coming. After a period of struggling with her game, things started to click at the end of 2013. In some ways, Wie fans didn’t want last year to end just as she was starting to find her groove. It turned out to be the best thing for Michelle. In the off-season she spent time in Hawaii without even touching a golf club. Critics can say what they want about Wie…and trust me, they do…but she seems to have a very balanced approach to living and loving life. When the 2014 LPGA season started, she looked refreshed and energized. Through her first 5 tournaments she had 2 top 10s, including a 4th place finish at the Honda LPGA Thailand, and had finished no worse than 16th. Then came the year’s first Major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. While the final round did not go as she might have liked, she still finished 2nd. The writing was on the wall. She led the LPGA in scoring average. She led in greens in regulation. If she could only drop in a few more putts, she could capture her first win since 2010 at the CN Canadian Women’s Open. Those putts dropped in this week, giving Wie her 3rd LPGA title and first on United States soil. If she continues to make putts going forward, we could see those many predictions of future dominance come to fruition.

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1 MICHELLE WIE (-14)

2 ANGELA STANFORD (-12)

 

3 INBEE PARK (-11)

4 HYO JOO KIM (-10)

T9 SE RI PAK (-6)

 

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Thru Total Strokes
1 Michelle Wie 70 67 70 67 -5 F -14 274
2 Angela Stanford 72 64 67 73 +1 F -12 276
3 Inbee Park 70 68 72 67 -5 F -11 277
4 Hyo-Joo Kim 68 70 69 71 -1 F -10 278
T5 Chella Choi 74 68 70 67 -5 F -9 279
T5 So Yeon Ryu 68 70 72 69 -3 F -9 279
T7 Haru Nomura 73 67 73 68 -4 F -7 281
T7 Amy Anderson 70 72 68 71 -1 F -7 281
T9 Katherine Kirk 73 70 71 68 -4 F -6 282
T9 Se Ri Pak 68 71 74 69 -3 F -6 282
T9 Katie Burnett 71 69 72 70 -2 F -6 282
T9 Cristie Kerr 72 66 70 74 +2 F -6 282
T13 Christel Boeljon 71 70 74 69 -3 F -4 284
T13 Shanshan Feng 73 71 70 70 -2 F -4 284
T13 Julieta Granada 74 72 67 71 -1 F -4 284
16 Ariya Jutanugarn 73 70 71 71 -1 F -3 285
T17 Tiffany Joh 73 68 77 68 -4 F -2 286
T17 Brooke Pancake 75 69 73 69 -3 F -2 286
T17 Eun-Hee Ji 77 71 72 66 -6 F -2 286
T17 Na Yeon Choi 75 70 69 72 E F -2 286
T17 Amelia Lewis 77 66 70 73 +1 F -2 286
T22 Lizette Salas 73 71 74 69 -3 F -1 287
T22 So Young Lee 70 70 75 72 E F -1 287
T22 Amy Yang 74 73 73 67 -5 F -1 287
T22 Paula Reto 72 69 73 73 +1 F -1 287
T22 Azahara Munoz 73 70 71 73 +1 F -1 287
T27 Jenny Shin 73 72 73 70 -2 F E 288
T27 Line Vedel 76 71 72 69 -3 F E 288
T27 Mariajo Uribe 76 70 71 71 -1 F E 288
T27 Danah Bordner 72 74 70 72 E F E 288
T27 Christina Kim 74 71 70 73 +1 F E 288
T32 Morgan Pressel 73 69 75 72 E F +1 289
T32 Lydia Ko 72 71 74 72 E F +1 289
T32 Paola Moreno 76 69 72 72 E F +1 289
T32 Sun Young Yoo 76 70 70 73 +1 F +1 289
T32 Yani Tseng 74 72 74 69 -3 F +1 289
T32 Ha Na Jang 70 69 81 69 -3 F +1 289
T32 Jimin Kang 80 65 70 74 +2 F +1 289
T32 Danielle Kang 72 73 76 68 -4 F +1 289
T40 Jennifer Kirby 72 69 76 73 +1 F +2 290
T40 Thidapa Suwannapura 73 73 73 71 -1 F +2 290
T42 Pornanong Phatlum 71 71 75 74 +2 F +3 291
T42 Silvia Cavalleri 72 71 74 74 +2 F +3 291
T42 Kim Kaufman 72 71 74 74 +2 F +3 291
T42 Mi Hyang Lee 73 73 73 72 E F +3 291
T42 Mo Martin 74 69 76 72 E F +3 291
T42 Ayako Uehara 69 74 72 76 +4 F +3 291
T42 Meena Lee 73 74 75 69 -3 F +3 291
T42 Hyun Soo Kim 73 75 75 68 -4 F +3 291
T50 Caroline Masson 75 73 71 73 +1 F +4 292
T50 Pernilla Lindberg 78 69 72 73 +1 F +4 292
T50 Dori Carter 75 72 74 71 -1 F +4 292
T53 Ryann O’Toole 77 69 72 75 +3 F +5 293
T53 Hee Young Park 75 73 70 75 +3 F +5 293
T53 Erica Popson 75 70 73 75 +3 F +5 293
T53 Nicole Jeray 74 72 73 74 +2 F +5 293
T53 Gerina Piller 75 68 76 74 +2 F +5 293
T53 Lisa McCloskey 74 72 76 71 -1 F +5 293
T53 Caroline Hedwall 75 68 79 71 -1 F +5 293
T60 Victoria Elizabeth 72 73 73 76 +4 F +6 294
T60 Moriya Jutanugarn 72 72 75 75 +3 F +6 294
T60 Irene Coe 76 70 71 77 +5 F +6 294
T60 Giulia Molinaro 74 74 75 71 -1 F +6 294
T64 Moira Dunn 77 71 71 76 +4 F +7 295
T64 Jennifer Rosales 74 72 74 75 +3 F +7 295
T64 Jaye Marie Green 80 68 76 71 -1 F +7 295
T67 Haeji Kang 74 69 77 76 +4 F +8 296
T67 Juli Inkster 74 72 75 75 +3 F +8 296
T67 Megan McChrystal 76 72 75 73 +1 F +8 296
T67 Sarah Jane Smith 77 71 78 70 -2 F +8 296
T71 Paula Creamer 73 74 74 76 +4 F +9 297
T71 Ji Young Oh 76 71 76 74 +2 F +9 297
T71 Seon Hwa Lee 78 70 77 72 E F +9 297
74 Hee-Won Han 76 71 75 76 +4 F +10 298
T75 Daniela Holmqvist 76 69 78 76 +4 F +11 299
T75 Alejandra Llaneza 74 74 76 75 +3 F +11 299
T75 Carlota Ciganda 76 71 79 73 +1 F +11 299
T78 Anya Alvarez 76 73 MC MC 149
T78 Perrine Delacour 77 72 MC MC 149
T78 Paz Echeverria 78 71 MC MC 149
T78 Veronica Felibert 74 75 MC MC 149
T78 Jeong Jang 78 71 MC MC 149
T78 Hannah Jun Medlock 75 74 MC MC 149
T78 Sarah Kemp 75 74 MC MC 149
T78 Mindy Kim 76 73 MC MC 149
T78 Sei-Young Kim 77 72 MC MC 149
T78 Brittany Lang 72 77 MC MC 149
T78 Mirim Lee 75 74 MC MC 149
T78 Ai Miyazato 74 75 MC MC 149
T78 Belen Mozo 77 72 MC MC 149
T78 Jane Rah 77 72 MC MC 149
T78 Giulia Sergas 74 75 MC MC 149
T78 Karen Stupples 74 75 MC MC 149
T78 Kris Tamulis 75 74 MC MC 149
T95 Julia Boland 77 73 MC MC 150
T95 Heather Bowie Young 75 75 MC MC 150
T95 Cydney Clanton 77 73 MC MC 150
T95 Lindy Duncan 77 73 MC MC 150
T95 Kathleen Ekey 76 74 MC MC 150
T95 Maria Hernandez 78 72 MC MC 150
T95 Lorie Kane 78 72 MC MC 150
T95 Ilhee Lee 76 74 MC MC 150
T95 Jee Young Lee 76 74 MC MC 150
T95 Lindsey Wright 71 79 MC MC 150
T105 Mina Harigae 77 74 MC MC 151
T105 Brittany Lincicome 76 75 MC MC 151
T105 Becky Morgan 77 74 MC MC 151
T105 Rachel Rohanna 78 73 MC MC 151
T105 Alena Sharp 78 73 MC MC 151
T105 Jennifer Song 77 74 MC MC 151
T105 Kelly Tan 77 74 MC MC 151
T112 Sandra Changkija 78 74 MC MC 152
T112 Laura Diaz 77 75 MC MC 152
T112 Pat Hurst 77 75 MC MC 152
T112 Sue Kim 78 74 MC MC 152
T112 P.K. Kongkraphan 76 76 MC MC 152
T112 Kristy McPherson 75 77 MC MC 152
T112 Sydnee Michaels 75 77 MC MC 152
T112 Reilley Rankin 78 74 MC MC 152
T112 Jaclyn Sweeney 78 74 MC MC 152
T112 Kim Welch 76 76 MC MC 152
T122 Brianna Do 78 75 MC MC 153
T122 Katie Futcher 80 73 MC MC 153
T122 Megan Grehan 80 73 MC MC 153
T122 M.J. Hur 77 76 MC MC 153
T122 Mika Miyazato 77 76 MC MC 153
T122 Anna Nordqvist 76 77 MC MC 153
T128 Marina Alex 83 71 MC MC 154
T128 Katy Harris 82 72 MC MC 154
T128 Emma Jandel 81 73 MC MC 154
T128 Hanna Kang 80 74 MC MC 154
T128 Ashleigh Simon 77 77 MC MC 154
T133 Felicity Johnson 79 76 MC MC 155
T133 Stacey Keating 77 78 MC MC 155
T133 Hee Kyung Seo 77 78 MC MC 155
T136 Natalie Sheary 80 76 MC MC 156
T136 Christine Song 78 78 MC MC 156
T136 Victoria Tanco 79 77 MC MC 156
139 Caroline Westrup 78 82 MC MC 160
140 Rebecca Lee-Bentham 76 85 MC MC 161
141 Xiyu Lin 76 DQ DQ DQ 76
142 Haley Millsap 80 WD WD WD 80
143 Natalie Gulbis 81 WD WD WD 81
144 Vicky Hurst 82 DQ DQ DQ 82
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