After the majority of a very difficult season, Michelle Wie has finally notched her first top-10 finish of the season.
Wie closed with 3-under 69 in the third and final round of the Safeway Classic to finish alone in eighth place, five shots behind eventual winner Mika Miyazato.
"Oh, I felt like I won after I made that putt on the last hole," Wie said of the birdie she made on the final hole at Pumpkin Ridge G.C.'s Ghost Creek course near Portland, Oregon. "But I have to say, it feels good to get on the leaderboard and see my name up there consistently this week. It was a lot of fun."
The recent Stanford grad had not finished better than T-35 in 12 other stroke-play events this season. That season-best finish came at the U.S. Women's Open.
She heads to another national open this week, the CN Canadian Women's Open, where she will defend one of her two career LPGA Tour wins.
"It's great when you go back as defending champion," she said. "It's really fun. I've never been to Vancouver before. I'm very excited."
Perhaps the secret wasn't in the dirt, but rather the roots - of her hair. Wie dyed her hair blonde leading into this week.
"I get crazy with my hair sometimes," she said. "I don't know it happened last week. I might go more blonde, I may not. But I don't know."