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Wie rallies to win LPGA's Lotte Championship in home state

Michelle Wie rallies from four strokes back to win the Lotte Championship in her home state of Hawaii, her first LPGA Tour victory since 2010.

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Michelle Wie rallies from four strokes back to win the Lotte Championship in her home state of Hawaii, her first LPGA Tour victory since 2010.

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Michelle Wie rallied from four strokes back entering the day to shoot 5-under 67 Saturday and win the Lotte Championship.

The 24-year-old American finished 14-under 274 after going into the final round trailing third-round leader Angela Stanford by four shots. It was Wie's third career LPGA Tour victory and first since taking the CN Canadian Women's Open in 2010.

And, Wie did it at home.

"I'm just having fun out there," said Wie, who grew up in Honolulu. "I was out there and nervous. Every time I felt nervous out there, I was looking around, I felt there was no place I'd rather be."

Stanford had her worst round of the tournament, shooting 1-over 73 that put her at 12-under 276 and two shots behind Wie. Top-ranked Inbee Park finished third with 11-under 277.

"Just didn't make the putts that I've been making," Stanford said. "I wasn't hitting it great (Saturday). Just mis-clubbed a couple of times. Just didn't make good decisions."

Wie came to Lotte and her home state of Hawaii coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, when she closed with 71 for her best position of the season.

"The highlight of this week was to come back home," Wie said. "There wasn't just one moment. From the first tee shot that I made to the last putt, the aloha that I felt from everyone was unbelievable."

CHAMPIONS: Fun-loving Miguel Angel Jimenez might turn the Champions Tour into his personal cigar and wine club. Ever-serious Bernhard Langer keeps churning out below-par rounds. Bad back and all, Fred Couples is thriving in the wind and rain.

It makes for an enticing last group in today's final round of the Greater Gwinnett Championship Duluth, Ga.

Spain's Jimenez, 50, continuing his impressive tour debut, shot 2-under 70 for 9-under 135 and a one-stroke lead after two days at TPC Sugarloaf.

Langer and Couples each had 68 in the second round. Langer was one stroke back of Jimenez, and Couples was two back, setting up today's all-star final group. "That's about as good a pairing as you're going to get," Couples said. "I'm thrilled about that, to have a shot at winning."

PGA: Luke Donald had eagle and six birdies to shoot 5-under 66 and take a two-stroke lead over John Huh (68) after three rounds at the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Donald, who was at 8-under 205, has done just about everything on Harbour Town the past five times he has played it except win.

He fell in a playoff to Brandt Snedeker in 2011, part of a run of four top-three finishes since at the tricky Pete Dye-designed course. Now he carries the lead into the final day and is ready to make it stand up, "if I can go out as relaxed and confident as I was" Saturday, he said. "If I can control the trajectory (of shots) as well as I did (Saturday), then hopefully I'll be sitting here as the winner."

Wie rallies to win LPGA's Lotte Championship in home state 04/19/14 [Last modified: Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:11am]

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