PINEHURST, N.C. – The week started with all focus on golf’s latest child prodigy, but it has ended with a former wonder kid finally fulfilling her great promise.
Michelle Wie claimed her first major title Sunday, winning the U.S. Women’s Open at her 11th attempt.
Now 24, she triumphed by two shots from fellow American, holding her nerve as the world No. 1 made a final-round charge.
Wie overcame a double-bogey at the 16th hole, bouncing back with a birdie at the next and closing with a par to sign for a level 70.
Lewis also dropped a shot at 16, but finished with two birdies to card a four-under-par 66 that left her level for the tournament.
She finished one ahead of Northern Ireland’s 22-year-old Stephanie Meadow, who birdied her last hole to take third place ahead of South Korea’s Amy Yang.
Most of the talk at the start of the tournament, which was played at Pinehurst — which hosted the men’s equivalent the previous week — was on 11-year-old Lucy Li.
The American was the youngest qualifier to start the event, but missed the halfway cut after carding two rounds of 78, though she impressed many with her mature attitude.