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"'That was a Solheim fist pump, '" Wie, who quoted last week'sLPGA Tour victor, Jessica Korda, said after drilling the 35-footer from the fringe for her first W since the 2014 U.S. Women's Open and punching the air with her clenched right hand.
Wie captured her first LPGA tournament since the 2014 Women's US Open in thrilling fashion after four players went down the final hole with hopes of victory at Sentosa Golf Club.
"But towards the end, I just started to hit it harder and give it more of a chance for birdies".
Fighting for the title on the back nine with as many as six other players as a play-off seemed likely, Wie brought the tournament to a hasty and triumphant conclusion by holing an incredible and unlikely birdie putt at the 18th.
Her bogey-free round of seven-under-par 65 saw her add her name to a list of champions that includes some of the true greats of the game, including Lorena Ochoa, Ai Miyazato, Karrie Webb, Paula Creamer, and Park In-bee. "I was aggressive when I needed to be, so I'm just happy with the way it ended and really looking forward to tomorrow", Korda said. "It's been a long time since I've been up here, so it feels pretty good". This year, it was Wie who came from behind to lift the trophy.
"I just kind of wanted to get revenge after past year a little bit". "I had some unfinished business here".
While ending her victory drought was dramatic enough, Wie entered the week with retribution on her mind.
Nelly joined the LPGA a year ago and has yet to win on the circuit. She dropped her only shot at the par-4 12th but joined Kang in the lead when she scrambled for a par at the 14th after overshooting the green, then she took the outright lead when she birdied the 16th. "But I mean, sometimes it just doesn't work out, but I'm proud of myself for fighting till the end". The greens were kind of slower for me the front nine, so I left everything short.
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Nelly, 19 and five years younger than her sibling, fired a seven-under 65 on Saturday (March 3) to jump into the lead at the HSBC Women's World Championship.
Had the teenager won she would have followed up her sister Jessica's win in Thailand last week.
"I had a bunch of putts that were really close and a lot of them lipped and burned edges". "There's going to be another tournament".
"But I still have 18 more holes to go".
Their playing partner Brooke Henderson finished with a birdie to card 68 and move into the tie for second, which also included Shin after her final round of 65. No one else on the leaderboard made a big charge away from the pack, so by the time Korda got to the 72nd hole, she still had a chance to win. It missed - one of her 33 putts on the day - and she'll have to wait for another opportunity for win no.1 on the LPGA Tour.
"I was hitting it really well off the tee".
"The nerves that I got on 18, I think any human being would experience it", she said.
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