As her 35-foot putt from short of the green on the final hole stretched toward the cup—with more than enough pace to get there—Michelle Wie began to walk it out, raising her fist in anticipation.
And when the ball dropped into the center of the hole, Wie responded with a couple of emphatic fist pumps, knowing she had just taken the lead in the HSBC Women’s World Championship.
The birdie finished off a final-round 7-under-par 65 at Sentosa Golf Club and got Wie to 17-under 271. Fifteen minutes later, she waited on the putting green as both Danielle Kang and Nelly Korda, the third-round leader, both missed birdie putts that would have forced a playoff—Korda’s from 7 feet above and to the right of the hole.
With her fifth victory on the LPGA Tour, Wie broke a drought that had stretched to 1,355 days since her U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014.
Kang, Korda, Jenny Shin (who also shot 65 on Sunday) and Brooke Henderson tied for second at 16 under. The 19-year-old Korda, with tears in her eyes, walked to the scorer’s room consoled by older sister Jessica Korda, last week’s winner of the Honda LPGA Thailand.
Wie’s birdie at the last completed a two-shot swing with Shin, who came up shot of the front-right greenside bunker at the 18th and failed to get up and down for par. The dropped shot proved decisive when Wie rolled in the unlikely birdie putt from just short of the green.