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Michelle Wie win ends LPGA title drought

Kapolei, United States: Michelle Wie won her first LPGA title since 2010 on Saturday, firing five-under par 67 for a two-shot victory in the Lotte Championship.

The American had six birdies and not even a bogey at the final hole at her home course, Ko Olina, could dim her joy at her third career LPGA crown.

“It feels good,” said the 24-year-old, who erased a four-shot deficit to win with a 14-under par total of 274.

“I’m just so happy right now I can’t think straight,” she said.

Wie’s other two LPGA titles also came in North America, at the 2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico and at the 2010 Canadian Women’s Open, but she had never before won on US soil.

She is projected to jump from 23rd to 13th in the women’s world rankings.

Angela Stanford took a four-stroke lead over Wie and Kim Hyo-Joo into the final round but carded a one-over 73 for a 12-under total of 276 that left her alone in second place.

World No 1 Park In-Bee of South Korea, still in search of her first LPGA title of 2014, carded a 67 for 277. She was one stroke in front of compatriot Kim, whose 71 for 278 gave her sole possession of fourth place.

South Koreans Ryu So-Yeon and Chella Choi shared fifth place on 279, Ryu carding a final-round 69 and Choi a 67.