Michelle Wie Ends LPGA Losing Streak with Hawaii Victory
Maximiliano VCHK, April 21, 2014, 10:50 a.m.
Korean-American gold pro Michelle Wie finally put an end to her long LPGA losing streak by winning at the Lotte Championship held at the Ko Olina Golf Club, in her native state this past Sunday. She carded six birdies, and one bogey to walk out with a final round 67, to end at 14 under 274.
She didn't take any risks in the closing round, being two strokes behind Angela Stanford, but ended the round two strokes ahead.
Her latest play style reflects on just how much the 24 year old has changed her game up, relying more on experience and technique, rather than the 300-yard drives which made her a golfing prodigy in her teens.
Michelle has been struggling as of late, since relying on her long drives sacrificed her accuracy and put her at a disadvantage. This time, however, she decided to not rely so much on her long drive, but chose to tee off using her 3 wood, which was a surprising change.
She has also improved her short game, by placing her head lower to the ground. She bends her back to almost form a 90-degree angle, which she states helps her approximate her eye-level on the course. A few critics have expressed their disapproval of this method, but she has consistently achieved two to three less putts.
Michelle Wie's third career LPGA title earned her $255,000 USD, and skyrocketed her to the top of the richest female golfers with a total of $616,555 USD. Her world rank also jumped 10 spots, from #23 to #13. This was her first win since 79 competitions, her last win being at the CN Canadian Women's Open back in August 2010.
Her revamped form and motivation should make her season tour much more interesting, and golfers should be wary of her. She's no longer only relying on her natural talent, but has become an overall stronger and more consistent golfer by relying on experience and knowledge of the game.
Michelle has gotten four top-10 finishes in seven different events this season, and hasn't finished outside of the top 20 yet. Watch out!