The good news is that Michelle Wie is back, sort of, she’s more than competitive and actually held the 54-hole lead at the LPGA’s championship in Singapore.
Wie was 14-under going into the last round but she had all sorts of big names chasing her.
By the time it all ended on Sunday at the Sentosa Golf Club, it was Olympic Gold Medalist Inbee Park re-asserting herself, showing that she’s back and that her bum thumb is fine and that she’s a factor whenever she tees it up.
Park closed with a very fancy course record 64 that should have been 63 had it not been for a closing bogey.
Park finished 19-under par, a shot better than Ariya Jutanugarn, who is making her own bid for the No. 1 spot in the Rolex World Rankings. Jutanugarn’s 66 gave her solo second a shot ahead of Sung Hyun Park.
Wie did come up with her best finish since 2014, a tie for fourth that gives her confidence moving forward this season. Her day started out well enough and she bounded into the lead with a couple of early birdies that got her to 16-under par but she got derailed when she four-putted the par five fifth hole and ended up with a double-bogey. She finished with an even-par round of 72.
For Park, it was her 18th LPGA victory. “I thought it might take a couple of months to get back on track and get my rhythm back,” Park said as she found her form in just two starts this season.
World’s No. 1 Lydia Ko shot 12-under par and finished in a tie for ninth.