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Wie seals sensational Singapore win

Wie seals sensational Singapore win

Michelle Wie "holed the best putt of my career" to win the Women's World Championship in Singapore - her first victory since the 2014 US Open.

The 28-year-old's last victory was at the 2014 US Open, and after subsequent years battling injuries and technical changes Wie had some unfinished business in Singapore after she led after three rounds a year ago but failed to seal the deal.

Indeed, the putt at the last broke a four-way logjam at the top but not until Kang and Korda, playing with Henderson in the group behind Wie, missed their own birdie putts on the par-4 18th.

Earlier, Kim Sei-young briefly threatened to shoot an LPGA-record matching 59 but a bogey on her 16th hole stalled her progress and the Korean had to settle for a course record 10-under 62 to finish in a tie for 10th on 12-under-par.

Shin held the outright lead when she teed off at the last after reeling off eight birdies between the sixth and 16th holes, but she dropped back to 16-under when she made her only bogey of the day on the final hole.

With a massive fist-pump, a big scream, and a few tears, Michelle Wie's winless drought came to an end Sunday at the HSBC Women's World Championship.

A further three strokes back from Kang at the Sentosa Golf Club was Brooke Henderson, who also shot 65 and is on 205 alongside Minjee Lee (68). "It's been a tough journey but I'm just really proud that I pulled myself out of it".

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Had the teenager won she would have followed up her sister Jessica's win in Thailand last week.

"I just kind of wanted to get revenge after previous year a little bit".

But she still faced an anxious wait before being declared the champion. The 19-year-old, who only joined the LPGA Tour last year, hit a superb approach into the 18th to set up a birdie opportunity that would have forced a playoff but missed her 8-foot putt and settled for a final-round 71. "I wasn't really thinking about whether I was going to be in the lead tomorrow or chasing, but Nelly had a really solid game today", Kang said. "It's a high, for sure", Wie told reporters after signing for a seven-under 65 to complete a one-stroke victory on 17-under for the tournament. Her best finish on the LPGA are two tied-fifths at last year's Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. She had been 9-under par for the back nine during the week, but just couldn't convert on a handful of chances before finally birding her final hole of the tournament.

"Well, I never really ask Matt to help me read my long putts".

"I'm definitely inspired by her win and it definitely motivated me a bunch", Nelly Korda said.

"The nerves got me, maybe", Shin said.

"That's a pretty cool stat and I'm pretty proud to be part of it", said Wie. "I kind of came with a slight chip on my shoulder in the morning".


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