The world No 9 ended a four-year winless streak in last year’s event with a two-shot victory over Angela Stanford to secure her fourth LPGA title.??
Hawaiian-born Wie will tee off this week alongside former tournament winners Suzann Pettersen and Ai Miyazato, with the defending US Women’s Open champion looking for another strong display as she returns to her home state.
???I love coming back home, I look forward to this event all year,??? Wie said. ???Last year a dream really did come true for me.
???Growing up here to play a lot of junior tournaments, Hawaii tournaments, it has always been my dream to win at home in front of my friends and family.
???It’s always fun to defend, so I’m happy to be back. I???m just trying to take it easy and have fun.??I think the key for me is just not to look too far into the future and not put too much pressure on myself.???
With world No 1 Lydia Ko and world No 2 Stacy Lewis sitting out the $1.8m event, South Korea???s Inbee Park heads to Hawaii as the highest-ranked player in the field.
The HSBC Champions winner saw her run of five consecutive top-10 LPGA Tour finishes come to an end at the ANA Inspirational earlier this month, but the world No 3 is still pleased with her recent performances.
???I feel good about this season,??? Park said. “I???ve been playing very consistent, but obviously I had great success on the golf course.
???It’s a great place and a great tournament.?? I had good results the last couple years, and hopefully I have another good one this year.???
Recent LPGA Tour winners Hyo Joo Kin and Cristie Kerr also feature, while Britanny Lincicome heads to??Ko Olina GC off the back of victory in California a fortnight ago.??
???I???m still on cloud nine,” Lincicome said. ???It???ll be interesting to see how this week goes, hopefully we keep the momentum going.?????