Michelle Wie celebrates her U.S Open victory at Pinehurst with her caddie Duncan French
Pinehurst, North Carolina - In her 38th start in a major, Michelle Wie broke through in big style
capturing the U.S Womens Open at Pinehurst No.2. Her final round 70 was enough to finish as
the only player under par for the championship. It was also enough to hold off hard charging
World No.1 - Stacy Lewis who shot 66 on Sunday and finished two strokes back at even par.
Wie was beaming in her press conference afterward "I can't even think straight, I'm so happy
right now. I'm just unbelievably happy. I'm so honored to have my name on the trophy . . . just
so grateful for everything. I'm just really happy. I'm really thankful, just everything, feeling every
single emotion I can right now."
After Wie bogeyed the first hole Sunday, she settled down - making par on the next eight holes.
Wie's eagle at the 452 yard par-5 tenth may have ultimately been the difference maker. After
making double bogey on the 16th, she bounced back with a big birdie at the par 3 seventeenth.
"I think that was one of the best putts I ever hit in my life, Wie said. "It was really fast. It was a
double breaker . . . it definitely felt like Solheim when I made the putt. That kind of emotion, that
kind of pressure. I think, I'll think of that putt as one of the best putts I've ever hit in my entire life."
After following Rickie Fowler & Martin Kaymer in the final round last week as a keen observer, Wie
hoped she'd get the chance to be in the same position. "I wanted so badly to be in that position,
just to kind of have a leisurely walk up to 18 and make par to win kind of thing - and feel so lucky.
Just seeing everyone root for me, it felt so special. Just knowing that my parents were there,
my friends were there. It felt so special. I kind of wish I could do it over and over again, it's just so
Wie is projected to 1st on the LPGA Money list with $1,588,485 in season earnings ($720,000 for
the win). Wie will also move to 7th in the Rolex World Rankings.
Kevin Streelman kisses the trophy after winning the Travelers Championship
Cromwell, Connecticut - Kevin Streelman made seven straight birdies finish to off his final round
and shoot his second consecutive 64, good enough for a one shot victory at the Travelers
Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.
The streak of seven straight birdies to finish a final round is a record, Mike Souchak previously
held the record of six (St.Paul 1956). Sergio Garcia and K.J Choi tied for second a shot back
at -14. Aaron Baddeley was fourth at -13.
Streelman knew he had it goin, "When you're in a zone like that, when athletes talk about being
in a zone, everything is really slow and really clear and it's really clear and concise and very vivid.
The lines are easy to see, the hole seems to be bigger. It's almost to a point it doesn't matter
how you read the putts, because you just know they're going in before you hit them."