Michelle Wie was seeking her first win in almost three years Sunday at the HSBC Women’s Champions, but in the end it was seven time major winner Inbee Park who roared to victory.
Wie’s hopes for a first win in over two years were dashed by a poor final round the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore. Wie had a four putt double bogey on the fifth and shot a level-par 72 on Sunday, one of only two rounds in the top 25 that were not sub-par as scoring was the lowest of the week.
Former World No. 1, Park was even able to withstand a final hole bogey to still record a stunning 64, going on an amazing run of nine birdies in 11 holes to vault from 5th overnight to record her 19th win on the LPGA Tour.
“My putting was amazing today, obviously,” Park told the AP. “Pretty much everything I looked at wanted to drop in…..I was just in that zone.”
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, the World No.2, finished a shot back in second after a final round 66, two ahead of Sung Hyan Park. Canada’s Brooke Henderson finished in a tie for fourth alongside Wie and defending champion Ha Na Jang. Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist was the leading European finisher in 7th.
Wie, who has battled a myriad of injuries and struggled with her play since her tremendous 2014 season, has worked hard on her game especially her putting, having abandoned the ‘table-top’ style she had been employing the last season or so for a more traditional style this year and its finally starting to pay off for the 27-year-old.
“Overall, I can’t complain, but right now it stings a little bit,” Wie told the AP, also. “Stuff happens sometimes. Sometimes you just four putt and you’ve just got carry on with your life.”
Current World #1 Lydia Ko also couldn’t take advantage of scoring the same as Park and others did, shot 72 and finished seventh.