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Wie wins HSBC World Championship


The USA's Michelle Wie nailed a monster birdie putt from off the green on the final hole at the HSBC Women's World Championship on Sunday to snatch a thrilling one-shot victory.

Wie's 7th and final birdie gave her a bogey-free 65 and a closing 17-under 271 total that was just one stroke too good for American compatriots, Nelly Korda (71) and Danielle Kang (70), South Korea's Jenny Shin (65) and Canada's Brooke Henderson (67) who tied for second place on 16-under.

"It was crazy, I still don't know what's going on right now. My head's running at a million miles an hour," said the 28-year-old Wie, who led going into the final round last year but failed to win, but trailed by five shots this time and won.

"I wanted to win really badly, especially after what happened last year, I had some unfinished business. I knew if I shot seven, eight under I'd have a chance and that was my one and only goal."

A little earlier Wie had pumped her fist with real gusto after racing onto the green as her 45-foot putt from off of it headed for the hole and popped in to dash the hopes of her rivals and especially those of overnight leader Korda who was hoping to make history by winning just a week after her elder and better known sister Jessica had done it a week ago in Thailand.

They would have become the first sisters to win back-to-back LPGA events since 2000.

In the meantime, Wie's triumph was her first since this former child prodigy claimed the 2014 US Open title.

Korda put her approach within nine feet of the pin on the final hole but the teen's putt to make the playoff slid right and killed her hopes

Shin, in the group ahead of Wie, had meanwhile stormed into the lead with eight birdies in 11 holes and reached the 18th with a one-shot cushion, but an errant approach and duffed chip led to her first bogey of the day and cost her victory too

American Angela Stanford and Germany's Caroline Masson both fired stunning 63s on the New Tanjong Course but at the end of a spine-chilling Sunday, it was Wie's magnificent finish that stood out.

"It's been a while since I stood up here so it feels pretty good," she said after capturing her fifth win on the LPGA Tour. "We consider this to be Asia's major and to win this event means the world to me."

Wie added that her winning putt was "the best of her career" and while she felt vindicated after having wrecked her victory chance a year ago, she felt a little sorry for Korda, Kang and Shin and Henderson.

"I think I've done a great job today. The nerves didn't get to me at all, except on 18, where I think any human being would have experienced them.

"I handled it very calmly. I wasn't rushing. I wasn't...I wasn't too nervous. It's just the adrenaline, really. So if I had this opportunity again this year, I'd probably handle it the exact same way," she concluded.

(Par 72)

271 Michelle Wie (USA) 67 73 66 65
272 Jenny Shin (KOR) 71 68 68 65, Brooke Henderson (CAN) 68 72 65 67, Danielle Kang (USA) 68 64 70 70, Nelly Korda (USA) 70 66 65 71
273 KO Jin-Young (KOR) 72 67 67 67, Minjee Lee (AUS) 71 66 68 68
275 Angela Stanford (USA) 76 66 70 63, Atthaya Thitikul (THA) 70 71 68 66
276 Kim Sei-Young 70 72 72 62, Amy Yang (KOR) 74 68 70 64, Lydia Ko (NZL) 71 71 67 67, Lee Jeong-Eun 69 70 70 67, Jessica Korda (USA) 68 70 68 70
277 Caroline Masson (GER0 70 70 74 63
278 Ryu So Yeon (KOR) 69 75 70 64, Ariya Jutanugarn (THA) 68 74 68 68, Lizette Salas (USA) 71 67 71 69, Chella Choi (KOR) 68 69 72 69, Charley Hull (ENG) 70 68 69 71, Jang Ha-Na (KOR) 70 68 69 71
279 Moriya Jutanugarn (THA) 70 71 69 69
280 Lee Mi-Hyang (KOR)72 72 71 65
281 Anna Nordqvist (SWE) 75 67 70 69, Kim Hyo-Joo (KOR) 72 68 71 70, Austin Ernst (USA) 71 67 73 70, Cristie Kerr (USA) 70 67 74 70, Park Sung-Hyun (KOR) 68 73 69 71, Madelene Sagstrom (SWE) 68 72 70 71.

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