Michelle Wie lets slip the chance of a first victory

With eight holes to play of the SBS Open in Hawaii on Saturday, Michelle Wie led Angela Stanford by three strokes and looked to be on her way to her first victory as a professional.

It is a victory long overdue but one that again did not materialise after Wie faltered and then failed to get across the finishing line in first place. Stanford claimed an unlikely success with a round of 70, for a two-under-par total of 206, with Wie, her American compatriot, three shots back after a demoralising 73.

What Wie would have given for the experience, or especially the good fortune, of Laura Davies, who at around the same time was putting the finishing touches to her 74th career win at the Women’s Australian Open, in Melbourne.

Davies, who had a final round of 68, thought she had lost her chance when Tania Elosegui, of Spain, came to the final hole with a one-stroke lead, but then proceeded to hand the title to the former world No 1 from England, with a nervous, double-bogey six. Wie, for one, will have sympathised.

At 19, Wie still has her detractors, many envious or simply bemused by the attention she continues to receive. Regardless of the outcome in Hawaii, however, she has managed to prove that her game is returning to its best after two years ruined by injury and self-doubt.

Many have argued that Wie has still to learn the art of winning. And after a performance in which there was a six-shot swing to Stanford in the last eight holes, starting with a double bogey from Wie at the 11th, it is hard to disagree. Her talent is such, however, that it is impossible to believe she will not get it right in the end.


February 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . sports.

One Comment

  1. taro replied:

    I think Michelle is great, hope she can improve this year! She has many fans in japan too

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