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LPGA Singapore,2nd Ld-Writethru

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Nellie Chapman | 04 March, 2018, 21:13

Michelle Wie is committed to breaking her streak of 11th-place finishes in 2018, and so far this week at the HSBC Women's World Championship, she's off to a good start to do just that.

Michelle Wie holed a 36-foot putt from off the green on the final hole to win the Women's World Championship by one stroke on Sunday and capture her first LPGA tournament since the 2014 U.S. Women's Open.

With four players in contention to win the tournament on the last hole at the Sentosa Golf Club, Wie separated herself from the pack when she birdied the 72nd hole for a final round of 7-under 65 to finish at 17-under 271.

"It was insane, I still don't know what's going on right now, my head's running at a million miles an hour", said the 28-year-old.

Ko's second round was an up-and-down affair, with five birdies offset by four bogeys, and leaves her in a tie for 27th with eight others.

Wie thanked her parents, sponsors and fans for sticking by her in the nearly four-year wait for a title victory, but saved her greatest appreciation for caddie Matt Holloway, who she said had played a key role in helping her stay focused in the chase.

She is on 15-under 201, one clear of overnight leader and fellow American Danielle Kang (70 and 202) at the US$1.5 million (S$2 million) tournament. "I don't know what's going on", the American said.

"We obviously have a little bit of a sibling rivalry, but everything is very friendly", said Korda. Indeed, the putt at the last broke a four-way logjam at the top but not until Kang and Korda, playing with Henderson in the group behind Wie, missed their own birdie putts on the par-4 18th. "It's a high, for sure", Wie said.

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Shin held the outright lead when she teed off at the last after reeling off eight birdies between the sixth and 16th holes, but she dropped back to 16-under when she made her only bogey of the day on the final hole.

"I'm just really consistent", Nelly Korda said after her 6-under 66 on Friday. Kim Sei-young finished tied for 10th at 12 under par, setting a course record on the final day at 10 under par. "But I mean, sometimes it just doesn't work out, but I'm proud of myself for fighting till the end".

She said that experience, at the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I taught her to take things shot-by-shot, stay in the moment, and try not to think ahead. "I felt like I had a good year last year, a year where I built confidence, and I just want to keep building confidence from there".