Wie scores dramatic win in Singapore

Marina Alex

It was only fitting, after Michelle Wie sank a long birdie putt on the last hole to win the HSBC Women's World Championship in Singapore, that she let loose with a celebration worthy of a Team USA victory.

With four players in contention to win the tournament on the last hole at the Sentosa Golf Club, Wie separated herself from the pack when she birdied the 72nd hole for a final round of 7-under 65 to finish at 17-under 271. "Then I iced it and took an Advil and hoped for it to go down and it did. You know, I've had some injuries, had a really bad year, just lost a lot of confidence", Wie said.

Wie was entrenched in a four-way tie for the lead as she watched her approach shot land short of the green, but just moments later she was galloping towards the hole and pumping her fist as her ambitious 45ft effort found the cup.

Michelle Wie holed a 36-foot putt from off the green on the final hole to win the Women's World Championship by one stroke on Sunday and capture her first LPGA tournament since the 2014 U.S. Women's Open.

"I just felt good out there today", she said.

Korda, whose sister Jessica won in Thailand last week, is trying to complete the back-to-backs for the family and become the first pair of sisters to accomplish the feat on the LPGA Tour since Annika Sorenstam won the first event of the year in 2000 and sister Charlotta captured her lone Tour victory the following week.

Wie said she was scoreboard watching on Saturday, although her overall plan was just to try to make as many birdies as she could. "They are going to be making a lot of birdies, so I'm going to have to stay patient and see where the round takes me". There's going to be another feeling like this.

American compatriots Danielle Kang and Nelly Korda, South Korea's Jenny Shin and Canada's Brooke Henderson all had to settle for a share of second place.

"We obviously have a little bit of a sibling rivalry, but everything is very friendly", said Korda.

"I'm just really proud of myself for pulling myself out of it", she said.

Danielle Kang, last year's Singapore victor, parred her last 14 holes and was unable to drain a longer birdie putt on the last to miss out on a playoff as she closed with a 70.

But the world No 11 came unstuck on the 16th with a double bogey halting her charge up the leaderboard.

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. So I'm not really anxious about the results of how those shots come out. "I kind of came with a slight chip on my shoulder in the morning".

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