Michelle Wie, 24, won the 69th U.S. Women’s Open on Sunday, but the win came with challenges, as any professional golf player would know.
Wie overcame a double-bogey 6 on the 70th hole but was able to hold on, finishing with a two-stroke victory over No. 1 ranked Stacey Lewis. Wie almost lost her ball on the 16th hole, but was back in the game with a birdie on the 17th hole.
“Oh my God, I can’t even think straight. I’m just unbelievably happy. I’m so honored to have my name on the trophy,” Wie said.
Wie has been using a unique table-top putting stance since last year and her technique worked well this year, as she never did a three-putt in the entire tournament. She had 25 one-putts.
Wie became a professional golfer before her 16th birthday. She became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship at age 10. Sunday’s win was one that she had been waiting for ever since she turned pro.
“Life is just so ironic,” Wie said after her win. She said that going through hardships made her appreciate her win even more. “I think the fact that I struggled so much, the fact that I kind of went through a hard period in my life, the fact that this trophy is right next to me, it means so much more to me than it ever would have when I was 15,” she said.
Lewis said that she is happy for Wie. She said that Wie put a lot of effort into the game and she wasn’t surprised that Wie was able to win.
Wie’s parents were present on Sunday, and she is grateful that they have always been there to support her.
Wie’s coach David Leadbetter said that she is smiling again, as she loves the game. “She likes where she’s at on and off the golf course. She works so hard. Through everything, she continued to work hard.”
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) June 23, 2014
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