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Golf Australia Express : May 2014
If you'd said even six months ago that Wie would be a week in, week out contender on tour this year, you'd have been dismissed as a couple clubs short of a full set. But seven events into the 2014 season she's on top of the money list, lies second in the Race to the CME Globe, has four top 10 finishes and hasn't finished worse than a tie for 16th. And for the first time since the Canadian Open in 2010 she's a winner, having held off Angela Stanford to win the LPGA Lotte Championship. Yes, her putting stance has her looking like the 'after' photo in a workplace safety ad, but for now it's a perfect marriage with her iron game, which has her sitting at No.1 for greens in regulation this year. Wie can scarcely believe it either. "I definitely cried a little bit last night because I was so happy," she said after snapping up a four-shot deficit to win in Hawaii. "I had so many family and friends come up and say, 'I waited 12 years for this'. And I was like, 'I know. Me too'." An impatient public that had long since turned its attention to more fruitful supporting pursuits might be sceptical, but for now Wie is delivering the ride she promised when she qualified for her first LPGA event as an 11-year-old. The American's bottom-heavy professional path is no secret. Not dissimilar to the pressure applied to Rory McIlroy when he signed golf's richest endorsement deal, but with a run-in that started at an age most girls are barely finished with Barbies, Wie was saddled with almost unheard of expectation while still in her early to mid-teens. For a time, she was cut some slack as she completed what the world thought would eventually be a successful apprenticeship, but when it became apparent her golf game "I HAD SO MANY FAMILY AND FRIENDS COME UP AND SAY, 'I WAITED 12 YEARS FOR THIS'. AND I WAS LIKE, 'I KNOW. ME TOO'." the player