The 2014 US Women’s Open champion holed a nearly 40 foot bomb for birdie at the 18th hole of Sentosa Golf Club’s Tanjong course to break a multiple player deadlock with a scintillating final round 65.
Wie began the day 10-under-par and five off the lead held by Nelly Korda but a 3-under front nine and a charge to the finish line was enough to secure the title in a low scoring final round.
Australia’s Minjee Lee finished in a share of sixth place two behind Wie after a solid final round of her own, her 4-under 68 securing a third top 10 finish in as many starts to begin the 2018 season.
Overnight leader Korda signed for a 1-under 71 to be part of a four way tie for second alongside Brooke Henderson (67), Danielle Kang (70) and Jenny Shin (65).
It was the 28-year-old’s first win since capturing the US Women’s Open at Pinehurst in 2014 and she was clearly overjoyed at the achievement.
“Winning is everything,” she said in her post round press conference. “There’s no better feeling than that winning putt. It’s such a high.
“It’s been a tough journey since 2014. I’ve had injuries and a rough year but I just want to keep fighting and working as hard as I can.
“I think that has to be the best putt of my career.”
Wie finished fourth at this event last year after taking the lead into the final round only to shoot an even par 72 to finish five behind Inbee Park.
She said that was a motivating factor this week.
“I just kinda wanted to get revenge from last year,” she said. “I had a little unfinished business.”
While Wie’s heroics stole the show Sei Young Kim quietly played one of the best rounds of golf seen on the Tour with a 10-under 62 to vault 22 places up the leaderboard.
Kim posted nine birdies, an eagle and one bogey to move from 2-under to 12-under and a share of 10th place.
Sarah Jane Smith was next best of the Australians behind Lee at 4-under and T39 while Katherine Kirk was two shots further back and T43.
Su Oh, who started brilliantly with a 68, fired a final round 72 to be even par for the week and T48 in the 62 player field.
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