Michelle Wie appeared to be on her way to victory in her rookie season as an LPGA member until Angela Stanford spoiled it for, overcoming a three-stroke deficit to win the SBS Open at Turtle Bay on Saturday.
Stanford closed with a 2-under 70 for a 10-under 206 total at the windy Kahuku, Hawaii, course, while Wie had a disappointing 73 for her second straight runner-up finish in the tournament.
19-year-old hometown favorite Wie made a double bogey on the eleventh hole that gave Stanford enough of an opening to pounce.
“That was the moment I needed to step up because that was my chance,” Stanford said.
“I just had one bad hole,” Wie said. “I’m kind of disappointed in that. But there’s a lot of positive things I can take from this week.”
Wie then bogeyed on the seventeenth hole, hitting into the sand twice, while Stanford scored a birdie on Number 18 and was subsequently drenched in beer by other players.
Stanford said her experience over her younger competitor paid off.
“That front nine, she didn’t make a mistake. She was doing everything she needed to do win,” Stanford said. “When she made the mistake on 11, she didn’t rebound. … You could see her youth. In that she didn’t rebound as fast as she could have, I think.”