Michelle Wie’s First Major Earns Kia Most Compelling Performance for June

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. July 9, 2014 – With only a one-shot lead and two holes to play at the U.S. Women’s Open Championship, Michelle Wie stepped up to the par-3 17th tee and hit the biggest two shots of her life – an eight-iron to 25 feet and a double-breaking putt that ended in the back of the hole, eliciting a fiery double fist pump from Wie. After hitting the 17th hole birdie, she savored the moment of her first major championship as she walked up the final fairway at Pinehurst No. 2.  Wie’s first win in 38 major championship starts has been named the Kia Most Compelling Performance for the month of June.

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Wie’s final-round, even-par 70 allowed her to hold off a spectacular final-round push by Stacy Lewis, who shot a 4-under-66 with back-to-back birdies coming in to put pressure on Wie.  After a double bogey on the 16th hole shrank Wie’s lead to only one shot, her spectacular birdie created a two-shot lead and allowed for a leisurely victory stroll up the 18th fairway.  Wie’s rounds of 68-68-72-70 left her as the only player in the field to finish under par at Pinehurst No. 2.

The 2014 Kia Most Compelling Performance Award winner will be announced at the season-ending 2014 CME Group Tour Championship following an online fan vote (fan voting begins October 1, 2014).  Performances may include a single tournament, multiple tournaments, single-round accomplishments or record-breaking performances. Winners of the 2014 Kia Performance Awards - listed below – will receive an all-new 2015 Kia K900, the brand’s first-ever luxury sedan, and the official vehicle of the LPGA.

Lewis earned the award for the month of May after clinching the No. 1 ranking with her second victory of the month.  Lewis coasted to six-shot victories at both the North Texas Shootout and then the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer to supplant Inbee Park after 59 weeks at the top spot in the Rolex Rankings.

The 2014 Kia Performance Awards are:

  • Kia Power Drive – Won in 2013 by Nicole Smith; awarded to the player with the longest average driving distance
  • Kia Drive to the Top – Won in 2013 by Stacy Lewis; awarded to the player with the most top-10 finishes
  • Kia Most Compelling Performance – Won in 2013 by Beatriz Recari; recognizing a player with exceptional performances throughout the year; this award will be chosen by fans through an online vote
  • Kia Community Assist – Won in 2013 by Cristie Kerr; recognizing a player who makes exceptional contributions to charity organizations or community programs

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