Sunday, June 22, 2014
Wie finally wins a major
By ESPN Stats & Information
This title was a long time coming for Michelle Wie.
Wie won her first major championship by winning the U.S. Women’s Open on Sunday. It was the fourth LPGA win of her career, but her first in the continental United States (she had won once in Hawaii).
Wie is the seventh player in the past eight years to make the U.S. Women’s Open her first career major, and she’s the first American to win this event since Paula Creamer in 2010.
Wie won her first career major at the same age (24) and the same event that Annika Sorenstam won her first major. Sorenstam would go on to win 10 major championships in her Hall-of-Fame career. Karrie Webb was also 24 when she won a major for the first time, the first of seven she won in her career.
This marks the first time Americans have won back-to-back majors since 2010 when Cristie Kerr won the LPGA Championship, followed by Paula Creamer at the U.S. Women’s Open. Lexi Thompson started the run with a win at the Kraft Nabisco.
On Sunday, Wie was able to finish what she started. This was the third time Wie headed to the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open with a share of the lead. She finished tied for 23rd in 2005 and third in 2006.
Wie had only two rounds in which she scored in the 60s in 10 previous starts at the U.S. Women’s Open. She had two in four rounds this weekend. She finished at 2-under par after shooting a combined 99 over par in her previous 30 rounds.