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Never mind Algeria’s resounding victory over South Korea in the World Cup. This was Sunday’s big sports story: Michelle Wie, the erstwhile golf wunderkind turned perennial also-ran, won the U.S. Women’s Open, her first major championship.
The New York Times puts her title in perspective:
Much has gone wrong on the golf course for Wie since she made the cut at the 2003 United States Women’s Open as a 13-year-old. Eleven years later, she came to Pinehurst No. 2 still in search of her first major title…
For anyone prone to cattiness, a teenage Wie made a convenient scratching post, making PGA Tour starts and millions of dollars from endorsements while the top women in the game struggled for attention and sponsorships.
“She took a lot of bashing early on, and she just persevered,” [retiring two-time Women’s Open champion Juli] Inkster said.
Here’s how Wie reacted on Twitter: “WOW!!!! I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE IT.”