Rory McIlroy wasn’t the only one who had a pretty good weekend in South Korea. So did Michelle Wie, who fired a six-under 66, the lowest in the final round, to surge to T3 at the LPGA’s KEB-HanaBank Championship.
While Wie snared a share of the lead on the back nine on Sunday, she posted her score earlier than the leaders and then played the nail-biting waiting game. Turned out Amy Yang and Hee Kyung Seo both birdied the 18th and Yang beat Seo in a playoff.
Nonetheless, it’s a step in the right direction for Wie, who also played pretty well in Malaysia (T12) the week before. She’s struggled this season with mostly mediocre finishes, missed cuts, and then a few sputters of hope with two other top 10s.
Wie’s T3 is her best since she tied for second two-plus years ago at the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open.
“I haven’t been in contention in a while so I was a little bit nervous, but talking to Jane it really calmed my nerves down a lot,” said Wie, who played alongside good friend Jane Park. “You know, it’s just always fun playing with a friend out there.”
While she came up short of her third-career LPGA victory, she remains optimistic about her form and looks forward to finishing strong in the last two events on this Asian swing in Taiwan and Japan.
“You know, like I said, at the beginning of the season, it’s coming along. It’s just taking some time to get together,” said Wie. “I feel like my game is finally coming together slowly, I have just been patient with my game and working hard at it. It’s just nice to see that it paid off this week, and hopefully I can finish strong next week.”
Wie posted pictures of her time in Korea throughout the week on her Instagram account. It appears like she celebrated by going shopping with Jessica Korda and Jodi Ewart Shadoff, and then also enjoying Korean BBQ for dinner with Korda, Shadoff and Jamie Kuhn.
Wie, whose parents are native to South Korea, also enjoyed seeing family this week.
She’s also drop-dead gorgeous.