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Michelle Wie finishes in second place at Honda Classic in Thailand

Michelle Wie finishes 2nd in Thailand

Hawaii’s own Michelle Wie came up a little short at the Honda LPGA in Thailand this weekend as the Punahou grad finished in a tie for second.

Taiwan’s Yani Tseng won the tournament by five strokes over second place Wie and third place Korea’s I.K. Kim who followed three strokes back.

Yang fired a remarkable 66 to go with her opening day round of 66 to win the four day tourney with a 273 good for 6 under par.

1 1 TPE TSENG, Yani -15 F -6 66 71 70 66 273
2 T2 USA WIE, Michelle -10 F -2 69 68 71 70 278
T3 T2 KOR KIM, I.K. -9 F -1 63 73 72 71 279
T3 5 AUS WEBB, Karrie -9 F -3 74 68 68 69 279
5 4 USA CREAMER, Paula -8 F -1 69 70 70 71 280
6 T7 USA INKSTER, Juli -6 F -2 66 73 73 70 282
7 T11 KOR YANG, Amy -5 F -2 73 70 70 70 283
T8 T19 SWE HJORTH, Maria -3 F -3 70 78 68 69 285
T8 T11 THA *JUTANUGARN, Ariya -3 F E 74 72 67 72 285
T8 T11 NOR PETTERSEN, Suzann -3 F E 68 72 73 72 285
T8 T11 GBR MATTHEW, Catriona -3 F E 67 73 73 72 285
T8 6 KOR HUR, M.J. -3 F +2 71 72 68 74 285


February 20, 2011 Posted by | golf | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Michelle Wie just one shot off the lead going into final round in Thailand

Hawaii’s Michelle Wie is just one shot of the lead going into the final round of the LPGA tour in Thailand.

Wie fired a one under par 71 on day three to trail Taiwan’s Yani Tseng. 

Korea’s I.K. Kim shot an even par 72 to trail three shots behind with fellow American Paula Creamer two shots off the pace and Australian Karrie Webb four shots behind Tseng.

TPE TSENG, Yani -9 12:16 PM   66 71 70   207
T2 T2 USA WIE, Michelle -8 12:16 PM   69 68 71   208
T2 T2 KOR KIM, I.K. -8 12:08 PM   63 73 72   208
4 4 USA CREAMER, Paula -7 12:08 PM   69 70 70   209
5 5 AUS WEBB, Karrie -6 12:00 PM   74 68 68   210
6 6 KOR HUR, M.J. -5 12:00 PM   71 72 68   211
T7 T7 JPN MIYAZATO, Mika -4 11:52 AM   70 72 70   212
T7 T7 USA INKSTER, Juli -4 11:44 AM   66 73 73   212
T7 T7 THA PHATLUM, Pornanong -4 11:44 AM   70 70 72   212

February 19, 2011 Posted by | golf | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hawaii’s Own Michelle Wie tied for second at LPGA Tailand Event

Wie going for 3rd tour victory

Michelle Wie is seeking to join I.E. Kim with three LPGA Tour titles, shot a 71 to stay in contention.

“On the front nine, I putted horribly, couldn’t make a single thing, but on the back nine I put myself together,” she said.

“It was hot out there and you have to focus because you find yourself getting tired. Tomorrow, hopefully I’ll get started off good, make birdies and learn from my mistakes.”

Kim carded a 72 to stay one shot ahead of U.S. Open champion Paula Creamer, who withdrew from last year’s event in Thailand due to her thumb problems.

“The golf course is playing awesome. It’s playing hard and in certain spots you can’t get up and down,” the fourth-placed American said after her 70.

Taipei’s Yani Tseng is in first place entering today’s final round at nine under par.

 I.K. Kim from Korea and Michelle Wie are tied for second at 8 under par with Paula Creamer at fourth at seven under and Karrie Webb fifth at six under going into today’s final round.

February 19, 2011 Posted by | golf | , , , , | Leave a comment

Wie Captures First LPGA Tour Win – Lorena Ochoa Invitational


Michelle Wie wins her first LPGA

It took 12 years, but Michelle Wie has finally captured her first LPGA tour victory.

The 20 year old from Honolulu got a little help from Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr in the final three holes of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational from Guadalajara, Mexico.

Wie had opportunities to put the tournament away, but missed a birdie attempt on the 16th hole as her shot lipped out of the cup.  While Wie was missing her birdie at 16 her competition, Creamer and Kerr were making bogies to fall off the lead.

Wie played the final day tied with both Creamer and Kerr at different points.

Wie finished the day three under par and was 13 under for the four day tournament.

November 15, 2009 Posted by | golf | , , , , | Leave a comment

Michelle Wie Battling Back on Day 3 of Ochoa Invitational


Hawaii's Michelle Wie looking for first win on LPGA tour

Michelle Wie is making her move up the leader board during the third round of the 2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Wie made the half way turn in a tie for second with Paula Creamer and just one shot behind leader, Ji-yai Shin of South Korea.

At age 20 Wie has yet to win her first major golf tournament while on the LPGA, but things may change after tomorrows closing round.

Off the tee, for most of the day, Wie drove the ball an incredible 280 yards, far outdistancing her group.

But the wheels began to come off for Wie when on the par 4, 12th hole, she drove the ball 308 yards, then on her second shot placed the ball beyond the tee close to the cart path.

Wie’s bogey at the 12th dropped her one shot behind Shin and Creamer and into a tie with Song-Hee Kim for third place and 10 under par for the tournament at that point.

Wie went to the par 3, 13th and placed her drive from the tee to within five feet of the cup.  Her birdie put her into a three way tie with Creamer and Shin.

A bogey on the 15th dropped Wie into a tie for second along with Kim, Creamer and Cristie Kerr, leaving Shin in sole possession of the lead.

Wie shot even par the rest of the way and shares the lead in a tie for first with Cristie Kerr at 10 under going into the final day.

Stay tuned as we may be seeing Wie win her first LPGA.

November 14, 2009 Posted by | golf | , , , , , | Leave a comment