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Wie hangs on for U.S. Women’s Open triumph

Final Round – United States Golf Association –69th U.S. Women’s Open –Pinehurst Resort No. 2 – Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina–

Coming off a double bogey at No. 16 with three holes to play, Michelle Wie bounced back with a birdie at the 17th and went on to capture the 69th U.S. Women’s Open.

Wie (2-under overall) survived a run by Rolex Ranking No. 1 Stacy Lewis, who closed to within a shot at one point Sunday in the final round at Pinehurst No. 2. Wie managed to play the week without a three-putt and won the second time in America this season.

Wie was a 16-to-1 betting pick at www.ladbrokes.com coming into the tournament.

Lewis rallied with eight birdies in the final round including ones at the 17th and 18th holes to finish with a 66 Sunday. Her even-par tally was good enough for a runner-up finish.

Making her pro debut, Stephanie Meadow of Australia, 22, finished alone in third place. Lexi Thompson, who won the season’s first major at the Kraft, logged a Top 10 effort.

Other Golf News:

  • Kevin Streelman finished off the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship with seven straight birdies and waited in the clubhouse has contenders failed to match him. Streelman, 15-under, edged Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi by a single shot.
  • Catriona Matthew shot 66 in the final round at Pinehurst.
  • Mikko Ilonen (13-under) captured the European Tour’s Irish Open beating Francesco Molinari by a stroke. Ilonen, 63rd in the world rankings, was listed at 80-1 to win the championship to start the week. He won the title in wire-to-wire fashion. Graeme McDowell was T-6, while Padraig Harrington finished T-14. Rory McIlroy missed the cut at 74-69.