Wie swings to victory in 2014 LPGA Lotte Championship
(AP Photo/Eugene Tanner).
After being only several strokes off the lead for most of the competition, Michelle Wie seized first place for herself Saturday and held on to win the Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei.
The Punahou grad rallied from four strokes at the start of the day to shoot a 5-under 67 for her first LPGA tour victory since 2010. It's also the third win for the 24-year-old on the LPGA tour.
Wie talked about how sweet it was to have a home course advantage.
"I can't ask for a better place to do it," Wie said. "Being in my hometown. It's just a dream come true. The crowds were amazing. I tried not to put a lot of pressure on myself and I think I did a good job. The last couple of years I put a lot of pressure on myself to play well and I didn't do well and this year I just tried to have fun and I think I accomplished that."
Angela Stanford entered the round as the leader of the field at 13-under, but she saw her lead evaporate after two bogeys on the front nine.
She went on to have her worst round of the tournament, shooting a 1-over 73 that put her at 12-under 276 and two shots behind Wie.