Michelle Wie’s golf career started at a very young age, but it hasn’t been easy, she had faced disqualifications, injuries, but today the 20 year old Michelle Wie has won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. The event was hosted by Lorena Ochoa in Guadalajara Mexico presented by Banamex and Corona Light (both Major Companies in Mexico).
Top five in the world Lorena Ochoa hosted this year’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational in her natal Guadalajara Mexico where she grew up and practiced with Rafael Alarcon for many years: this event is the 15th LPGA event hosted by a professional golf player.
This year was Hawaiian Michelle Wie, who found in Guadalajara answers to many questions that had accompanied her from that first time she participated in an LPGA event seven years ago. Michelle Wie has had a turbulent journey during her years as an amateur and professional, and she finally won an LPGA event. With a final score of 69 strokes, 3 under par in the field, she claimed the crown of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, totaling 275 (-13), with a two shot lead over Paula Creamer.
The host of the tournament, Lorena Ochoa, finished with 281 (-7), tied for sixth place, while Sophia Sheridan shot 291 (+3), finishing in the box 28. Wie began the final round tied for the lead at 10-under par, with Christie Kerr.
On the way to the title was not easy. “I hope my life is much better from now,” Wie said, “but I still have many things to improve, for one, it feels very good right now.
On the course for Wie, there were two key moments that could have taken its toll and prevented its triumph. In the 6th hole, a Par 3, her tee shot passed the green. On the 12th, she suffered another bogey, but came out very cheap. The tee shot was on a paved road, and after a drop without penalty, the following impact hit a tree, returning the ball into fairway. "I felt really stupid after I hit the tree. In fact, I had enough room to sneak the ball, was just a bad shot, "she confessed. Wie reached 17 with advantage of an impact, thanks to a bogey by Creamer.
Congratulations Michelle for winning this year’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Let’s hope she continues doing great next November in the 2010 Invitational, but for now she certainly will celebrate with mariachis.
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