A sampling of opinion, observations and wit collected as the U.S. Women’s Open final round unfolded Sunday:
Golf writer Ron Sirak@ronsirak: And @themichellewie wins 1st major, Women’s @usopengolf She’s 24, a woman ready to win not a kid trying to figure it out in the spotlight.
Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman@KellyTilghmanGC: Michelle Wie wins a major. Takes US Women’s Open at 24 yrs old. And so it begins …
N&O’s Andrew Carter@_andrewcarter: And Michelle Wie is your 2014 U.S. Women’s Open champion. Long time coming. Cool moment to witness in Pinehurst.
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N&O’s Andrew Carter before the leaders began final round@_andrewcarter: Plenty of oversized golf balls available in the #usopen merchandise tent. But you better hurry!
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Pinehurst No. 2 Course has been shortened every day, it’s playing 6,153 today, that’s 496 yards shorter than the scorecard yardage.
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: For the curious, the men played the final round of the US Open at 7,349 yards, women playing it at 6,153. Sundays pins almost identical.
Golf instructor Gary Gilchrist@GaryGilchrist: The way the USGA set up the course someone from 4/6 behind could win this event @usopengolf #pinehurst2014 there is an opportunity to go low.
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Stacy Lewis & Paula Creamer are off 1 hr, 6 mins before leaders, will be looking to charge. Nobody’s come from 6 back to win US Wom Open.
Ron Sirak@ronsirak: Wie and Yang both bogey No. 1. This will be a wild horse race.
LPGA@LPGA: USWomensOpenUpdate: With birdies on 3 and 4, So Yeon Ryu goes to +1 and is tied with Yang for 2nd place.
Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols@GolfweekNichols: Huge par save for Wie on the par-4 fourth. She leads by 3 over two former USWO champs and Yang. Lewis chasing!
Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Here we go, with 8-foot birdie at 13th, Stacy Lewis one behind Wie. After bogeying first hole today, Stacy Lewis was 7 back, birdies at 6-8-9-10-13 move her within one.
Stephanie Wei@StephanieWei: Michelle Wie rolls in a 3-footer to save par from the bunker and remain -1, leads Stacy Lewis by ONE shot. #DramaAlert #USWomensOpen.
Golf Channel’s Kelly TilghmanGC: Michelle Wie looks ready.
Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Michelle Wie sends a roar over Pinehurst, holes 10-foot eagle at the 10th, goes four shots up w/ Lewis making bogey at 14th.
Stephanie Wei@StephanieWei: Eagle for Michelle Wie at 10! Huge. She now leads Stacy Lewis by 4. As @Paige_Mackenzie put so well, #MajorDrama! #USWomensOpen.
N&O’s Laura Keeley@laurakeeley: My favorite Michelle Wie moment will be watching her walk off 6th green & give a little 8-year-old girl her ball. Girl’s face just lit up.
N&O’s Andrew Carter@_andrewcarter: A Wie victory here, which would be her first major, would somewhat atone for the snoozer of a men’s Open we endured last week.
Ron Sirak@ronsirak: The ball is entirely in Wie’s court now. 5-stroke lead and she’s in the middle of the 12th fairway.
Doug Ferguson@dougferguson405: 8 birdies on Sunday at the US Women’s Open for Stacey Lewis. Still in the game, but needs some major help.
Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Frantic search for Wie’s ball in native grass right of 16th green, this has to make her heart race more than any shot she’s had to hit today.
Doug Ferguson@dougferguson405: The US Women’s Open, which ended on the 10th hole, just restarted on the 16th.
Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Michelle Wie might remember that as a good double bogey at 16th, but she’s walking tightrope between heartwarming & heartbreaking finish.
Kelly Tilghman after the birdie on 17@KellyTilghmanGC: Wie will, Wie will … rock you.
Gary Player@garyplayer: Congratulations @themichellewie on a superb victory in #USWomensOpen & all my very best. You are great for golf.
Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Big ovation for Juli Inkster, 53, on first tee as she chases history in what she insists will be her final US Women’s Open appearance.
Randall Mell on Juli Inkster@RandallMellGC: Be cool if she went out w/ a win. RT @ByTimReynolds: @RandallMellGC so she won’t be back to defend next year? Because she’s winning this.
N&O’s Laura Keeley@laurakeeley: Some ladies watching from bleachers put in a backyard on hole No. 5: “Happy Birthday, Juli! We love you! You’re our age!” #USOpen
N&O’s Laura Keeley@laurakeeley: Catherine O’Donnell, the former UNC golfer who played with Lucy Li, is walking with her, leading her around #USOpen.
Ron Sirak, responding to a fan who tweeted the only thing the men’s and women’s Opens had in common was location@ronsirak: Throw out Kaymer & scores virtually same. They did a great job.
Ron Sirak@ronsirak: And @themichellewie is 24. @ANNIKA59 won her first major – US Women’s Open – at 24. She ended up with 10 majors. Just saying.