Stanford denies Wie her first win|
Oahu, HI (Sports Network) - Angela Stanford rolled in three straight birdie
efforts on the back nine Saturday to move past Michelle Wie and win the SBS
Open at Turtle Bay.
That birdie spurt spurred Stanford to a closing two-under 70 that gave her a
three-stroke win over the 19-year-old Wie.
Stanford, who won for the third time in her last seven starts, completed the
season-opener at 10-under-par 206.
"With the way the wind was blowing, anything could happen (today)," said
Stanford, who earned $180,000 for the win. "I just had to go one shot at a
Wie finished alone in second at seven-under-par 209 after closing with a one-
over 73 on the Palmer Course at the Turtle Bay Resort.
Na Yeon Choi carded a three-under 69 to share third place with Angela Park
(75) at minus-four.
Stanford and Wie were in a head-to-head battle throughout as no one else
threatened the lead.
The 31-year-old Stanford struck first with a birdie on the third. Wie
responded with an 20-foot birdie putt at four to join Stanford at minus-nine.
Stanford tumbled out of the lead with bogeys on eight and 10 that dropped her
Wie, on the other hand, poured in a 18-footer for birdie on No. 9 to get to
10-under. She headed to the 11th tee armed with a three-stroke lead.
However, Wie's drive off the 11th tee found a hazard right off the fairway and
that led to a double-bogey.
Stanford jumped past Wie with three straight birdie putts from the 13th. She
started her run with a 15-footer, then kicked in a four-foot birdie effort on
"I needed to see a ball go in," Stanford said of her birdie putt on 13. "That
was huge because I was starting to wonder if I was going to make another
The four-time winner on the LPGA Tour capped her run with a 10-foot birdie
putt at 15. That run moved Stanford to 10-under, two shots ahead of her
Stanford routinely two-putted for par on the final three holes to close out
her third title since September.
"I think I'm just focusing on what I'm trying to do to the golf ball and just
being content with the results," said Stanford of her recent winning ways.
Wie missed a four-foot birdie putt on 16 that would have gotten her within one
of the lead. She found a fairway bunker off the tee on 17, then plugged her
approach in a greenside bunker.
The young Hawaiian blasted out, then two-putted for bogey to fall three back.
She parred the last to finish there.
"It is disappointing, this is not what I wanted," said Wie, who posted her
14th top-10 and fifth runner-up finish in 48 LPGA events. "At the same time, I
had a good week, I had a good run. I can take a lot of positives out of this
week and move forward."
Yani Tseng, the reigning Rookie of the Year and McDonald's LPGA champion,
closed with an even-par 72 to share fifth place with Ai Miyazato (71) at
Cristie Kerr (69), Sarah Lee (69) and Brittany Lang (73) were one stroke back
at minus-two. Natalie Gulbis was one of five players tied for 10th at one-
under 215 as she closed with a two-under 70.
02/14 23:06:44 ET