BIGGEST WIN BY A FORMER PHENOM
Michelle Wie at the U.S. Women's Open Half a lifetime after playing in her first major, Wie, at 24, finally won a big one, at Pinehurst in June. Even back when she was a gum-smacking teenage phenom, Wie's compass always pointed toward greatness–she just had to cross a few chasms to get there. She'd already endured wrist injuries, slumps, feuds, putting woes, and the weight of great expectations, so it was no surprise that Wie literally laughed off the double-bogey on the 70th hole that could have derailed her. Two pars later, a major -- the Women's Open trophy -- was finally hers. "Stuff happens," a philosophical Wie said of the 16th hole hiccup. It does indeed, in golf and in life. You earned it, Michelle.