Wie claimed her third LPGA title (©GettyImages)
Wie claimed her third LPGA title (©GettyImages).

Michelle Wie wins in Hawaii

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Michelle Wie has clainmed her first LGPA title since 2010 after winning the Lotte Championship in Hawaii.

The 24-year old, who was playing in her home state, won by two shots over Angela Stanford. Stanford had started the day four shots ahead of Wie but a five-under 67 saw her triumph.

Six birdies moved Wie to 14-under for the tournament as Stanford had her worst round of the tournament as three bogies saw her card a one-over 73.

"It feels good," the 24-year old American told reporters. "I'm just so happy right now I can't think straight. 

"This is a dream come true for me. I think I'll have more confidence going forward.

"I was just being patient and having a blast. I had so much fun."

The win represented her third title of her career and the first in America after having previously won the 2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico and at Canadian Women's Open in August of 2010.

Wie entered the tournament ranked 23rd in the world rankings but has been in good form so far this season. She has earned three top-10 finishes, including runner-up at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and is expected to rise as high as 13th after this recent victory.

Runner-up Angela Stanford praised the eventual winner and praised the form of Wie.

"She's been playing great," admitted Stanford to reporters. "She's having a great year, so it was bound to happen. I just happened to be the one that caught the buzz saw."

The world number 17 also felt that she wasn't on top of her game during the final round in Hawaii.

"Today, just didn't make the putts that I've been making," Stanford said. "I wasn't hitting it great today. Just misclubbed a couple of times. Just didn't make good decisions."

Wie managed to haul back the four shot deficit by the 12th hole after her fourth birdie of the day on the par-three and added another on the following hole, the par-five 13th.

After an impressive 15-foot birdie on the 16th, Stanford felt the pressure and bogeyed hole 17 meaning Wie had a three-stroke cushion going into the final hole, which she bogeyed.

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