Michelle Wie was in contention for her first LPGA title after 54 holes at last year’s State Farm Classic until finding out she had failed to sign her scorecard from the second round.
The 19-year-old US prodigy of Korean heritage is still seeking her first LPGA title as she returns this week in the final tuneup for next week’s LPGA Championship. She figures to sign her scorecards to avoid disqualification.
“It was a hard lesson learned,” Wie said. “I really enjoyed playing here, minus the little ‘oopsy´ that I had at the end. So there are no hard feelings.
“This time around I really want to show people. It just made me look forward to the tournament even more because that unfortunate ending last year made me want to come back even more, try it once again.”
Wie fired a five-under par 67 in her third round last year, pulling within one stroke of the lead only to have LPGA officials discover a day late that she had failed to sign the scorecard after her second round.
In her first full season on the tour, Wie has a second-place finish this season, giving her five in her career but still no title to call her own.
“Winning is an interesting matter,” Wie said. “You can shoot a really good round. You can shoot the best round you ever had. But there are 143 other players out there trying to get the trophy.
“It’s a work in progress for me I’m having so much fun trying to get that prize. It’s something that I really desire. I’m working really hard to get it. Hopefully soon the stars will align and everything will work out.”
US star Christina Kim says Wie’s championship moment is only a matter of time.
“I have no doubt in my mind, absolutely,” Kim said. “I’ve known her for a number of years. She’s gone through a lot of things in her life in a personal sense as well as in an athletic sense... I don’t doubt her.”
The field includes 49 of the top 50 LPGA money leaders with only world number one Lorena Ochoa of Mexico absent.
Brittany Lincicome, who won the season’s first major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, is on hand along with fellow American and LPGA money leader Cristie Kerr.