West Australian Minjee Lee was one of many victims as Michelle Wie came from the clouds to snatch the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore today.
Lee, who’d been in the mix all weekend, closed with a fine 68 to finish 15 under at Sentosa to move into the top 10 in the LPGA Tour’s Race to the Globe standings.
But Wie, who remarkably had been winless since claiming the 2014 US Women’s Open, roared past with a 65 to finish at 17 under, pipping four others with a stunning finish.
Wie, who’d been in position to win this event last year, was on the front fringe of the closing par-four in two, but calmly rolled in a 15m bomb to eventually prevail by a stroke.
Fellow American Jenny Shin also closed with a 65, but made a bogey up the last to cede victory to Wie, while Danielle Kang and Nelly Korda missed chances to also share second with Canadian Brooke Henderson.
Lee and ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open champion Jin Young Ko shared sixth, enabling the Korean to maintain her lead atop the Globe standings.
But as many storylines as that lot threw up, three more stunning tales unfolded on the next rungs down.
American Angela Stanford carded a 63 to finish T8 at 13 under, a mark she shared with last week’s Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific champion Atthaya Thitikul, of Thailand, who closed with her own stunning 66 just a week after her 15th birthday.
That pair finished one clear of a group who shared tenth at 12 under, including mercurial Korean Sei Young Kim, who carded nine birdies, an eagle and a bogey in a stunning closing 62.
Of the other Australians, Sarah Jane Smith finished well with a 67 to finish four under and T39, Katherine Kirk had a 69 for T43 at -2, while Su Oh closed with a 72 to finish even par and T48.