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Wie earns rare LPGA triumph

Michelle Wie claimed her third LPGA Tour title and her first in over three and a half years with victory in the Lotte Championship.

A five under par 67 in the final round at the Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii helped the American finish two shots ahead of compatriot Angela Stanford, who carded a disappointing 73, and three clear of world number one Inbee Park.

It was 24-year-old Wie's first title since winning the CN Canadian Women's Open in August 2010, with her only other success coming in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in November 2009.

Much was expected of Wie when she finished ninth on her major debut when only 13, and then almost made the halfway cut when competing against the men at the Sony Open in her native Hawaii.

She was criticised, however, for continuing to accept PGA Tour invites as she struggled more and more.

Injuries played their part too although there have been signs of an upturn in fortune this year with three top-10 finishes, including a runner-up at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.