Michelle Wie wins 2014 U.S. Women’s Open!
Congratulations to 2014 U.S. Women’s Open Champion, Michelle Wie, on her historic victory at Pinehurst No. 2. The victory caps off a great week for Wie, and provides her the satisfaction of winning her first Major Championship.
As in all great majors, the final round drama of the U.S. Women’s Open didn’t disappoint. Just as you thought it was all in hand, Wie hit a stinger off the tee on the 16th hole, running it through the fairway, and into a fairway bunker. From there, Wie played a very aggressive shot and paid the price for her decision. Wie dropped two shots to the field with an eventual double bogey, and turned her three shot lead, over world #1, Stacy Lewis, into just one, with two holes to play.
However, winners always seem to bounce back, and Wie did just that, by draining a HUGE birdie putt on the par 3, 17th to vault her lead to two shots with one hole to play. Michelle Wie played the par 4, 18th hole like the Major Champion she now is, enjoying the walk, smiling, and waving to the crowd on the way to the green. There were even a few Hawaiian Shaka signs from Wie to the crowd, which brought cheers. Wie finished the round with an easy two-putt par, an even par round of 70, and all under the heat of Pinehurst No 2, capturing her first Major title, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.
WIE’S FINAL ROUND SCORECARD
FINAL ROUND CHASERS
The final round of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open was exciting all day, with players leaving everything they had on the course. Aggressive play resulted in low scoring from the field, and two scores of -4 under, 66, shot by Scotland’s Catriona Matthew and American Stacy Lewis. The final round 66s, by Matthew and Lewis, tied Julie Inkster’s third round 66, for the lowest rounds of the championship.
Lewis, day 1’s overnight leader, certainly pushed the envelope on aggressive play, and as a result, carded her 66 with an 8-birdie, 4-bogey performance. Lewis’ strong play in the final round moved her from a T12 position after three rounds, into a solo 2nd place finish in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open.
Notables on the final leaderboard include, of course, Michelle Wie, but also Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow, finishing solo 3rd in her first professional major, and Canadian Amateur (a) Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, who finishes as the low amateur for the tournament.
FINAL TOURNAMENT LEADERBOARD
AMAZING TWO WEEKS AT PINEHURST
Michelle Wie, capturing her first major championship, perfectly closes an amazing two weeks at Pinehurst. When the idea of hosting two major championships (back-to-back) was first introduced, there were plenty of doubters, tons of questions, and weighted expectations. The USGA proved all the doubters wrong, answered all the questions, and I believe, exceeded even the highest of expectations (maybe even higher than their own). Congratulations to the USGA on their masterful hosting of the 2014 U.S. Open and the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
What a great two weeks of golf!
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