June 22, 2014 5:12 pm

Michelle Wie captures 1st major at U.S. Women’s Open

Michelle Wie watches her tee shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday, June 22, 2014.

AP Photo/Bob Leverone

PINEHURST, N.C. – Michelle Wie finally delivered a performance worthy of the attention heaped on her since she was a teenager.

Wie bounced back from a late mistake at Pinehurst No. 2 to bury a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole. That sent the 24-year-old from Hawaii to her first major championship Sunday in the U.S. Women’s Open.

She closed with an even-par 70 for a two-shot victory over Stacy Lewis, the No. 1 player in the women’s golf who made Wie work for it by making eight birdies in a round of 66.

Wie has been one of the biggest names in women’s golf since she was 13 and played in the final group of a major. She now has four LPGA victories and leads the tour’s money list.

Sixteen-year-old Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., shot a 69 in the ginal round to finish in a tie for 10th place.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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