PINEHURST, N.C. – The biggest star in women’s golf has her name on the biggest trophy.
Michelle Wie won the U.S. Women’s Open by two strokes over top-ranked Stacy Lewis at Pinehurst No. 2 on Sunday.
“Oh my God, I can’t even think straight,” the 24-year-old Wie said after winning her first major title.
Wie had a three-shot lead on the 16th hole, but had to make a 5-foot putt to avoid a triple bogey. Facing a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 17 that was fast and dangerous, the 6-foot Hawaiian pumped her fist when it fell to give her a two-stroke lead.
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“That kind of emotion, that kind of pressure … I’ll think of that putt as one of the best putts I’ve ever hit in my life,” Wie said.
Wie closed with an even-par 70 for a 2-under 278 total. The Stanford graduate earned $720,000 for her fourth LPGA Tour victory.
Wie has been one of the sport’s biggest names since she was 13 and played in the final group of a major. She had a Nike endorsement deal at 15, competed against men on the PGA Tour while in high school and wanted to play in the Masters.
There was criticism from people who thought she should have worried about winning on the LPGA Tour instead of playing against men.
“I think that without your downs, without the hardship, I don’t think you appreciate the ups as much as you do,” said Wie, the gleaming trophy at her side. “I think the fact that I struggled so much, the fact that I kind of went through a hard period of 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.
“I feel extremely lucky.”
CROMWELL, Conn.– Kevin Streelman birdied the last seven holes to win the Travelers Championship by a stroke at TPC River Highlands.
Streelman shot his second straight 6-under 64 to finish at 15-under 265. He surpassed the PGA Tour record for consecutive closing birdies by a tournament winner of six, set by Mike Souchak in the 1956 St. Paul Open.
Streelman, 35, earned $1.116 million for his second Tour victory. Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi had 67s and tied for second.
Ryan Moore (71) of Puyallup entered the final round with the lead and finished tied for fifth at 12 under. Michael Putnam (71), who is from University Place, tied for 11th at 10 under.
• Tom Lehman made a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the 50-and-older Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship in Glenview, Ill., by one stroke.
Lehman, 55, closed with a 2-under 70 for a 15-under total; he earned $270,000.
Kirk Triplett (68), a Pullman High School graduate, and Michael Allen (67) tied for second.
• Monday qualifier Sebastian Cappelen of Denmark won the Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kan., for his first Web.com Tour title, finishing with a 4-under 66 to beat Matt Weibring (64) by one stroke.
Cappelen, 24, had an 18-under total and earned $108,000.
Jeff Gove (66) of Seattle tied for third place at 14 under and Andres Gonzales (69) of Olympia tied for fifth at 13 under.
• Mikko Ilonen of Finland completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Irish Open in Cork.