Michelle Wie claims first pro tour win

Michelle Wie broke through for her first professional tour victory, winning the LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational by two strokes over fellow American Paula Creamer.

Updated: Nov 16, 2009, 11:13 AM IST

New York: Michelle Wie broke through for her first professional tour victory, winning the LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational by two strokes over fellow American Paula Creamer.

The 20-year-old Hawaiian, who first qualified for an LPGA event when she was 12, closed with a three-under par 69 for a 13-under 275 total to collect a USD 220,000 cheque.

"It feels, it sounds cliche, but it feels awesome," Wie told the LPGA website after her round.

"For sure, it`s definitely (a monkey) off my back. I think that hopefully life will be a lot better, but I still have a lot of work to do. I still have a lot to improve."
Starting the day joint leader with Cristie Kerr, Wie notched birdies on the first, third and 11th before stumbling at the 12th with a bogey.

She held firm with five straight pars, however, before sealing the victory in style on the last, a 30-yard bunker shot landing a foot from the hole for a tap-in birdie.

"I was just focusing on just not hitting anyone in the crowd," said Wie when asked about the winning shot.

"It`s a shot that I feel comfortable with. I just went up and walked up to it, looked at it, and hit it. I didn`t give myself any time to doubt myself."
The win moved Wie to 14th on the LPGA money list with USD 918,659, behind leader Shin Ji-yai of South Korea on USD 1,775,104.

Wie, long touted to become a great of the game, became the youngest person, and the fourth female, to play in a PGA Tour event when she missed the cut at the 2004 Sony Open.

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