With a major won, Wie wants No. 1 ranking


Michelle Wie came up short Sunday in her bid to win the CME Group Tour Championship and the Race to the CME Globe, but she leaves the 2014 season with an eye toward what’s possible next year.

Wie made it clear she wants to reach No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.

“I worked really hard all year to try and get to No. 1,” Wie said after tying for fifth at the CME Group Tour Championship. “I was really close. That kind of gets me going for next year, something to look forward to, really motivates me.”

Wie enjoyed her best year on tour in 2014, rising to No. 6 in the world rankings. She won twice, claiming the Lotte Championship and U.S. Women’s Open, to double her career LPGA victory total. She was third in scoring average (69.81), fourth in money winnings ($1,924,796), third in greens in regulation (77 percent) and fourth in putts per greens in regulation (1.764). They’re all career bests.

She did all of this despite missing about two months after injuring the index finger of her right hand in July.

“I'm really proud of myself and appreciative of everything that's happened this year,” Wie said. “So many great things have happened. I really can't complain. I'm so grateful. I'm really looking forward to 2015. ... Right now, all I can think about is what I'm going to do with my time off.”