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Golf: Michelle Wie wins US Women's Open

Published on Jun 23, 2014 6:56 AM
Michelle Wie of the USA proudly holds the trophy after her victory during the final round of the 69th US Women's Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No 2, in Pinehurst, North Carolina on June 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

PINEHURST, United States (AFP) - Michelle Wie won the US Women’s Open on Sunday, firing an even-par final round of 70 at Pinehurst for the first major title of her career.

The American, tipped for stardom even before she turned pro at the age of 15 in 2005, finished with a two-under total of 278, two strokes in front of world number one Stacy Lewis, who kept the pressure on with a final-round 66 for 280.

“I just had a lot of fun out there,” said Wie. “I woke up so excited. I was so grateful for this opportunity.” Wie saw a three-stroke lead shrink to one with a double-bogey at 16. But she responded by burying a 25-foot birdie putt at 17 to take a two-stroke lead to the final hole.

“I got a lot of goosebumps walking up 18,” said Wie, who allowed herself a small smile and wave as she was greeted at the 18th green by a standing ovation.

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