FOR so long it seems Michelle Wie has been burdened by her early golfing success and hostage to both her huge potential and some dodgy “advice”.
She was the tweenager who was going to take on the world – even the men’s pro circuit – and conquer it all.
Now after graduating university and loosening the hold of some maybe overbearing parenting, she has finally lived up to the early hype.
We say finally, but Michelle Wie is still only 24.
At Pinehurst No.2 today Wie lifted the coveted US Women’s Open trophy after a two stroke victory over compatriot and world No.1 Stacey Lewis.
Wie shot a final round even par 70 after faltering on 16 with a double bogey.
“I kind of smiled after I made my double bogey putt,” Wie recalled later. “I like to make it hard if myself.”
But the Hawaiian rebounded immediately with a clutch birdie on the 17th to give her a two stroke buffer going into the last, where she made an easy par.
“I can’t even think straight,” Wie said. “I’m so happy right now. I’m just unbelievably happy. I’m so honoured to be part — to have my name on the trophy. Just so grateful for everything. I’m just really happy. I’m really thankful, just everything, feeling every single emotion I can right now.”
It was her 11th attempt at her national championship and 38th start in a major.
Aussie teenager features
Australia’s eighteen-year-old amateur Minjee Lee had a great tournament in just her second major.
The West Australian teenager was tied for third going into the final round just four shots out off the lead. She stumbled out of the blocks with four bogies in her first five holes but fought back to card a final round 76 and finish tied for 22nd.
At the other end of the experience scale two time champion Karrie Webb started the day five off the lead but also succumbed to the difficult final round Pinehurst setup to sign for a 77. She finished T30.2014 US Women’s Open Leaderboard