Wie wins Canadian Women's Open

Michelle Wie celebrates her birdie on the eighth hole during the last round of the Canadian Women’s...

Michelle Wie celebrates her birdie on the eighth hole during the last round of the Canadian Women’s Open at St. Charles Country Club in Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 29, 2010. (FRED GREENSLADE/Reuters)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

Michelle Wie didn't get "out-and-about" but she has some hardware to declare when she crosses the border on Monday.

The 20-year-old Hawaiian completed her riveting week in Winnipeg with a 2-under round of 70 at St. Charles Country Club that gave her a 72-hole total of 276 and a three-shot victory at the 2010 CN Canadian Women's Open.

When asked whether she saw much of Winnipeg other than the golf course, Wie offered a rarely seen glimpse of her personality.

"No, not really. I didn't really have a chance to go 'out and about,'" Wie quipped in an exaggerated accent.

The win was the second of her LPGA career and first since last November, when she captured the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

"It feels awesome. Absolutely fantastic," said Wie, who earned $337,500 for her efforts and moved up from 20th to 10th on the LPGA Tour money list with $667,160. "It's been a long time since November and it feels great. I just feel like I haven't been playing as well as I wanted to the last couple of months and it just really makes me more motivated for the rest of the season."

Wie made a birdie on the Par-3 eighth hole that gave her the lead for good and she took control of the final round with a string of three consecutive birdies between 13 and 15, capped by a chip-in from a "horrible" lie in the fringe."

After having some issues with her putting at times this week, Wie was steady with the flat stick during her final round.

"I made a lot of really crucial putts," said Wie, whose final round included five birdies, 10 pars and three bogeys. "I think it was my ball striking that really kept me above water (Sunday)."

Perhaps even more impressive was the way Wie was able to block out the back pain that was plaguing her.

"You know, it was a little tough this week," said Wie, who posted her fourth Top-10 finish of the season. "There wasn't really a shot that didn't hurt this week, but I fought through it."

Wie gave the event plenty of sizzle on Thursday when she fired an opening-round of 65 that included a majestic hole-in-one that received plenty of airtime on the highlight reels.

She maintained a three-shot cushion after Round 2, then entered Sunday with a share of the lead along with Jiyai Shin.

Wie gave pause when asked if the victory meant more because she went wire-to-wire.

"Umm, wire to wire? I think so," said Wie, who will taking classes in her senior year at Stanford University after her next LPGA tournament in Arkansas. "From the beginning, it felt like a good week but then (Saturday), I struggled a little bit. I was just going out there and really focusing and really believing in myself and it meant a lot to me.

"The hole-in-0ne helped a lot, I think, and it was a fun week overall."

Shin was unable to live up to her reputation as a closer on Sunday, slipping to a 1-over 73 that left her in a four-way tie for second place at 9-under 179 with Suzann Pettersen, Jee Young Lee and Kristy McPherson, who fired the low round of the day at 6-under 66.

"It's tough to complain about being bogey-free on the weekend, but I had a bunch of short birdie putts and I left some out there," said McPherson, who shot 69 on Saturday. "I did all I could and that's all I could come up with."

Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, P.E.I. had an excellent finish to her weekend, posting a final round of 5-under 67 that left her tied for 11th at 5-under 283 and gave her a payday of $38,707.

ken.wiebe@sunmedia.ca


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