Wie claims first tour­na­ment on home soil

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Michelle Wie claimed her first LPGA win on Amer­i­can soil on Satur­day, com­ing from four strokes be­hind to win the LOTTE Cham­pi­onship in her home state of Hawaii.

The 24-year-old Amer­i­can fired a five-un­der 67 at Ko Olina Golf Club in the fi­nal round to storm past third round leader An­gela Stan­ford, fin­ish­ing with a two-stroke ad­van­tage on 14-un­der 274.

Stan­ford’s 73 left her at 12-un­der with South Korea’s In­bee Park third at 11-un­der.

The vic­tory was Wie’s third of her ca­reer but first in Amer­ica and first since the Cana­dian Open in 2010.

With a bois­ter­ous home crowd cheer­ing her on Wie found her­self tied for the lead through eight holes be­fore she gained con­trol with a 10-foot birdie on the 12th.

An­other birdie on the fol­low­ing hole opened up the cush­ion she main­tained for her long-awaited home win.

“I’m just hav­ing fun out there,” Wie said. “I had a blast.

“It was def­i­nitely the most con­sis­tent I have played this week, es­pe­cially with the tough con­di­tions.

“I just did a re­ally good job of stay­ing in the present and not get­ting too far ahead (of my­self).”

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