Wie wins CN Canadian Open for second LPGA victory
Michelle Wie closed with a 2-under 70 Sunday for a three-shot
win at the Canadian Women’s Open, her second career victory on the
Wie, who was 12 under for the tournament, earned the winner’s
check of $337,500 in the $2.25-million event at the St. Charles
Country Club – the LPGA’s only stop in Canada.
Wie had five birdies, including on the 13th, 14th and 15th
”I made a lot of crucial putts today,” said Wie, who at 10
years old was the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Amateur
Jiyai Shin of South Korea shot a 73 and tied for second with
Kristy McPherson (66), defending champion Suzann Pettersen of
Norway (69) and South Korea’s Jee Lee Young (69).
Wie led wire-to-wire after an opening 65 and was tied with Shin
for the lead entering the final round at 10 under.
”My shot was really good, but my putting was so bad,” said
Shin, who has four victories since joining the LPGA Tour last
”I (had) lots of chances for birdies, but I couldn’t make it
just a couple times.”
Ai Miyazato (69) of Japan, the No. 1-ranked player heading into
the Open, finished tied for 15th, while No. 2 Cristie Kerr (69)
tied for eighth.
After the 20-year-old Wie ended her round on the 18th green, her
longtime friend and fellow American player Christina Kim sprayed
her with champagne.
”I was trying to run away from her,” Wie said with a laugh.
”All I was thinking in my mind was I’m wearing white pants, please
be nice Tina.”
Wie’s first career win came in November at the Lorena Ochoa
Invitational during her rookie season. Her opening round this week
featured the second hole-in-one of her pro career.
Wie said she’s heading back to school at Stanford after the
LPGA’s next event – the P&G NW Arkansas Championship beginning
Next year’s tournament will be held in Montreal and then
Vancouver in 2012.