Happy end­ing to Wie’s long wait

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - DEBORAH MARTIN

THE wait is over for Michelle Wie (pic­tured left), who recorded her first pro­fes­sional victory on Sun­day at the Lorena Ochoa In­vi­ta­tional Pre­sented by Banamex.

In her 65th LPGA tour­na­ment – 18th as a mem­ber this sea­son – the 20-year-old clinched the win with a 30-yard sand shot to one foot on the 72nd hole for birdie.

Wie joins six other Rolex First-Time Win­ners this sea­son and is the fifth Amer­i­can win­ner on the LPGA Tour this sea­son.

“It feels, it sounds cliché, but it feels awe­some,” Wie said. “Fan­tas­tic ac­tu­ally. For sure, it’s def­i­nitely (a mon­key) off my back. I think that hope­fully life will be a lot bet­ter, but I still have a lot of work to do.”

Wie’s day started strongly with birdies on holes one and three. She re­cov­ered from a three-putt bo­gey on five with a 15-foot birdie on the sev­enth hole to turn at 2-un­der for the day. An­other birdie at 11 gave her the out­right lead, but things got in­ter­est­ing at the 12th hole.

The Hawai­ian knocked her drive on the cart path and was given re­lief, but her sec­ond shot car­omed off a tree ... 50 yards back­wards.

She scram­bled for bo­gey and got a boost from Creamer, who bo­gied 14 and 17, and Cristie Kerr, a co-leader leader early in the back nine, who made bo­gey at 15 and 16 to drop out of the hunt.

Wie sealed the victory when she put her 5-wood into the front left bunker at 18 and blasted out to tap-in range for birdie.

“It’s just so awe­some,” Wie said af­ter ac­cept­ing the $220,000 first-place cheque. “The fans here, it was deaf­en­ing, the cheers. It just felt so good. It was a great crowd to do it in front of.” she said

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