Wie Saves Best Un­til Last In Nail-bit­ing Fin­ish

Fan favourite takes dra­matic vic­tory at the HSBC Women’s World Cham­pi­onship

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Michelle Wie gave the gal­leries at Sen­tosa Golf Club a fin­ish to re­mem­ber, se­cur­ing vic­tory in the US$1.5 mil­lion purse HSBC Women's World Cham­pi­onship and tak­ing the win­ner's cheque of US$225,000 with an epic 45-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

The win put paid to mem­o­ries of 2017 when she led the tour­na­ment af­ter the first and third rounds, be­fore fad­ing on the last. Her bo­gey-free round of sev­e­nun­der-par 65 saw her add her name to a list of cham­pi­ons that in­cludes some of the true greats of the game, in­clud­ing Lorena Ochoa, Ai Miyazato, Kar­rie Webb, Paula Creamer, and In­bee Park.

Tee­ing off in the penul­ti­mate flight of the day, and four shots be­hind overnight leader Nelly Korda, the Hawai­ian main­tained pres­sure on the lead­ers with birdies on holes 2, 4, 8, 10, 13, and 14 be­fore pro­duc­ing the shot of the tour­na­ment on the last, to take the out­right lead. It looked as though Korda, play­ing in the last flight of the day, would force a play-off; her su­perb ap­proach to the 18th leav­ing her with a five-foot birdie putt, but it wasn't to be.

Speak­ing about her fifth win on tour, Ma­jor-win­ner Wie said, “You know, I just kind of wanted to get re­venge af­ter last year a lit­tle bit. I kind of came with a slight chip on my shoul­der in the morn­ing, and I knew that I had to shoot low to even have a chance, and every­one played great to­day. I'm just re­ally proud of my­self for mak­ing

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