Honolulu’s Michelle Wie ‘excited to be home’ for LOTTE Championship at Ko Olina

Michelle Wie

Three years removed from being crowned ‘Queen of Ko Olina’, Honolulu’s Michelle Wie, will look to start a second championship run at the LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey on Wednesday morning.

27 year old, who weathered through a wet pro-am on Tuesday afternoon at the Ko Olina Golf Club, is off to a sensational starter enter the LPGA’s eighth event of the season.

The Punahou graduate has posted five top-35 finishes, including two top-10’s in her last four events.

Michelle Wie

Having closed out the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California with a a nagging back injury, Wie who placed 6th in the season’s first major jokingly saidthat despite appearing to be at full-strength, she was holding out on saying that she is back at a hundred percent. A move that any kama’aina would appreciate in an attempt to avoid “bachi” loosely defined locally as “jinxing” yourself.

“Yeah, I’m not going to say that because every time I say I feel good, something starts hurting, so, knock on wood and I’ll just leave it at that.” said, Wie.

Wie is set to tee-off in the opening round at 7:44am on Wednesday from the 10th tee, and if history repeats itself expect a very large gallery following the 2014 US Women’s Open Champion.

“You know, I’m just real excited to be home. I had a couple of good days of rest and I’m ready for the week to start. Coming here feeling confident I think it’s always a good thing. You know, I’m just real excited to be home. I just always look forward to this event more than any other event just because I get to come home and I get to see my friends and you know, eat all the good food and play at Ko Olina. So, this is an event I really look forward to and I’m excited to go out there and hopefully have a lot of fun this week.” said, Wie.

The only other local golfer in the field, Waiakea graduate Britney Yada will start her rookie season debut at 11:55am from the tenth tee as well.

LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey TV coverage
Golf Channel // All times HST

04/12 1:00p – 5:00 p.m.
04/13 1:00p – 5:00 p.m.
04/14 1:00p – 5:00 p.m.
04/15 1:00p – 5:00 p.m.

FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS & TEE TIMES

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