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Angela Stanford wins LPGA event

Double bogey on the back nine at SBS Open derails Michelle Wie, who was going for her first victory.

February 15, 2009|Associated Press

Michelle Wie seemed to have the trophy in her grasp until Angela Stanford and a late stumble got in the way.

Stanford spoiled Wie's bid for a victory in her first start as an LPGA Tour member, overcoming a three-stroke deficit to win the season-opening SBS Open by three shots Saturday at Kahuku, Hawaii.

Stanford made three birdies in a row on the back nine and closed with a 70 for a 10-under-par 206 total at wind-swept Turtle Bay, giving the Texan her fourth career win and third in seven starts. Wie had a disappointing 73 for her second straight runner-up finish in the tournament.

The 19-year-old hometown favorite was cruising along until she made a double bogey on No. 11 that gave Stanford the opening she needed.

Champions Tour

Gil Morgan shot a flawless seven-under 65 and was tied with 61-year-old Tom Jenkins for the lead at 10-under 134 after the second round of the Allianz Championship at Boca Raton, Fla.

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