Guadalajara, Mexico (AP) -- Michelle Wie won the first LPGA event of her career on Sunday, fulfilling the promise of a decade with a three-under-par 69 to win the Lorena Ochoa Invitational by two strokes over Paula Creamer in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The 20-year-old Wie finished the victory in style, hitting a greenside bunker shot to 6 inches on the 18th hole before tapping in for a birdie. She raised her arms, and after pulling the ball out of the hole, she looked to the sky and let out a sigh of relief.
“For sure, it’s definitely off my back,” Wie said. “I think that hopefully, life will be a lot better, but I still have a lot of work to do.”
Wie finished at 13-under 275 after starting the day tied for the lead with Cristie Kerr at 10 under. Kerr shot a 72 and finished three back, tied with Morgan Pressel (67) and Jiyai Shin (71).
Wie first qualified for a United States Golf Association event at 10 and played an L.P.G.A. event when she was 12. She joined the tour this season and has begun to show the game that has made her one of golf’s biggest attractions.
Wie has finished second twice this season, and has two other third-place finishes on the tour.