Michelle Wie holes monster putt for Singapore win

Ruben Hill
March 5, 2018

With four players in contention to win on the last hole, Wie managed to separate herself from the pack when she drained her lengthy birdie putt on the 72nd hole at the Sentosa Golf Club for a final round of 7-under 65 to finish at 17-under 271.

"Everyone was really clustered up there on the leaderboard".

It has been a few trying years for the former teenage phenom as she battled through injuries and lost a lot of confidence on the course. The victory brings her LPGA title haul to five.

"It was the best putt of my career", said Wiezy as she clutched the trophy close to her heart.

She said: "Having that lead on the last day and coming up just a little short a year ago, I came back, having the confidence knowing that I can do it, and I just wanted to finish the deal". You go out there, and it's this feeling that gets you going. "You know that good feeling is on the other side". It's that winning putt that makes you practice for hours and hours and hours, and even the hard times, it gets you going back.

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.

Yes, most of the golfers admitted the course was serving up birdies; however, you still have to get the ball into the hole.

About that Solheim-like glee, it was at her first team experience in 2009 when an exuberant Wie came into her own, winning matches, fans, and new friends among her teammates as she went undefeated (3-0-1) to help the Americans claim the cup.

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Caroline Masson matched Stanford's 9-under par round on Sunday after making seven birdies and an eagle.

Nelly Korda missed a nine-foot birdie putt to force a play-off while Jenny Shin bogeyed the last to end 16 under. I'm just really proud of myself for pulling myself out of it. "I just want to keep playing the best I can, trying the hardest I can and trying to become the best player that I can be".

Michelle Wie during practice in West Des Moines, Iowa.

But this has the makings of a buddy rivalry. I felt like I had a good year last year when I built confidence and I just want to keep building confidence from there.

Wie acknowledged that having to endure the challenges to her health and a miserable 2016 season that included 12 missed cuts in 25 events sapped her spirit, which made Sunday's triumph all the sweeter.

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