That golf-winning feeling returns with relish for Wie

That golf-winning feeling returns with relish for Wie

From above to below: Nelly Korda of the US, Danielle Kang of the US and Lydia Ko of New Zealand during the HSBC Women's World Championship golf tournament in Singapore.

MICHELLE Wie gave the galleries at Sentosa Golf Club a finish to remember today, securing victory in the HSBC Women's World Championship with an epic 45-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole.

With the victory, Wie claimed her fifth career LPGA title with a final-round seven-under 65, for a closing score of 17-under par 271.

Wie nailed the putt - calling it "the best" of her career - and neither Kang nor Korda could convert their birdie tries on the 72nd hole.

She had earlier just missed several birdie opportunities, but a victory was always unlikely, and the double bogey dropped her back into a share of tenth.

She held the 54-hole lead at this event past year, but was caught by a charging Inbee Park in 2017, who fired a Sunday 8-under-par 64 to win by one shot.

"'That was a Solheim fist pump, '" Wie, who quoted last week's LPGA 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.

She had a few looks at birdie throughout the back nine, but mostly just scrambled to make par. "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.

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.

Her sister Jessica won the LPGA event in Thailand last week.

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"I wanted to win really badly, especially after what happened past year, I had some unfinished business".

Teeing off in the penultimate flight of the day, and four shots behind overnight leader Nelly Korda, the Hawaiian maintained pressure on the leaders with birdies on holes 2, 4, 8, 10, 13, and 14 before producing the shot of the tournament on the last, to take the outright lead.

Brooke Henderson had a bogey-free 65, matching Korda for the low round of the day, to join Minjee Lee (68) in a tie for third at 11 under after an extraordinary display with the putter.

Last week, sister Jessica won the LPGA Tour event in Thailand with a tournament-record total of 25-under. "I heard it from a hole back".

It didn't fall, but still, Korda - the younger sister to last week's victor Jessica Korda - notched her best ever finish on the LPGA Tour, a tie for second.

"But I still have 18 more holes to go".

"I was hitting the correct shots".

"The nerves got me, maybe", Shin said. "I kind of came with a slight chip on my shoulder in the morning".

"That's a pretty cool stat and I'm pretty proud to be part of it", said Wie.