Michelle Wie Wins the U.S. Open
kpopluv, June 23, 2014, 10:54 a.m.
Korean American professional golfer Michelle Wie has wont the U.S. Women’s Open title in Pinehurst, North Carolina. This marks the biggest win of her career. Wie bounced back from a late mistake at Pinehurst No. 2 to bury a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole, sending the 24-year-old from Hawaii to her first major championship Sunday, a two-shot victory over Stacy Lewis in the U.S. Women's Open.
Wie closed with an even-par 70 and covered her mouth with her hand before thrusting both arms in the air. Wie now has four career victories, all in North America, and moves to the top of the LPGA money list after winning the biggest event in women's golf.
She has been one of the biggest stars in women's golf since she was 13 and played in the final group of a major. Her popularity soared along with criticism when she competed against the men on the PGA Tour while still in high school and talked about wanting to play in the Masters.
That seems a lifetime ago. Wie is grown up, a Stanford graduate, popular among pros of both genders and now a major champion. "Oh my God, I can't believe this is happening," Wie said.
It almost didn't. Just like her so much of her life, the path included a sharp twist no one saw coming. Wie started the final round tied with Amy Yang, took the lead when Yang made double bogey on No2 and didn't let anyone catch her the rest of the day.
Congratulations to Michelle Wie on a fantastic finish!