Wie set for British Open

Golfer Michelle Wie is used to finishing second and third.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:36 IST
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Lytham St. Annes:

Golfer Michelle Wie is used to finishing second and third. The 16-year-old American is convinced it's only a matter of time until she gets her first pro victory. Wie, who tied for second in last week's Evian Masters in France, goes into the Women's British Open this week hoping to improve on last year's third-place finish - when she was still an amateur. "I think a win is coming,'' said Wie. "It just depends how lucky you are that week and how good you're playing." "I think I'm playing very solidly but it's a little frustrating that I have not been able to go to the next step. It's not because I'm lacking anything. It's just a shot here, a shot there. By doing this, I feel I'm learning how to win,'' she added. Wie appeared headed for victory at the Evian tournament but squandered a two-shot lead and ended up a shot behind winner Karrie Webb. Biggest paycheck Wie picked up her biggest paycheck yet - US$255,333. That took her earnings from six pro tournaments to just over US$700,000. At Evian, Wie led by two with six holes to play before surrendering the lead to Webb, who will be chasing her fourth Women's British Open title and eighth major. "Obviously it's very frustrating right after you finish playing,'' said Wie. Wie has four runner-up and four third-place finishes in the last 18 months. While frustrated that she still doesn't have a title, she's happy with her consistency. "If you look at the overall year I feel this is the best I've ever played,'' Wie said. "Obviously I wish I could have won a couple of events. But at least I'm not winning one event and then missing the cut in another. I am consistently being up there and I'm consistently playing good golf.'' She's not bothered by critics who say she lacks the winning instinct. Wie could struggle with the windy conditions at Lytham. Coming off temperatures of 34 Celsius (94 Fahrenheit) and calm, sticky conditions at Evian close to the French Alps, she found totally different conditions near the northwest English coast. (AP)