Yang Mei, Taiwan (SportsNetwork.com) - Suzann Pettersen birdied three of her
last six holes on Sunday to post at 3-under 69 and successfully defend her
title at the LPGA Taiwan Championship.
Pettersen claimed her 14th career LPGA Tour victory and third in the last five
weeks at 9-under-par 279.
"It feels great to come here and defend my title and play as well as I did,"
said Pettersen. "It was very tough out there. Since the very first shot on
Thursday, the conditions gave us a very big challenge."
Azahara Munoz (70) shared the lead with Pettersen with six holes to go, but
stumbled to a pair of bogeys during that stretch to finish in second place at
Caroline Hedwall (70) took third place at Sunrise Golf & Country Club at 2-
under and Eun-Hee Ji (70) captured fourth at minus-1.
Mina Harigae (68), Se Ri Pak (71) and Irene Cho (71) shared fifth at even-par
Pettersen entered the final round with a 4-stroke lead, and quickly added to
that advantage with a birdie at the second.
But a 2-stroke swing at the fourth dropped that cushion down to two as
Pettersen bogeyed the hole while her playing partner Munoz birdied to move to
After both Pettersen and Munoz birdied the seventh, Munoz birdied the eighth
to cut further into her deficit.
The difference between the players was reduced to a single stroke following
Pettersen's bogey at the ninth, and Munoz took advantage with a birdie at the
12th to pull even at 6-under.
The rest of the round belonged to Pettersen, however, as she took advantage of
Munoz's bogey at the 13th with a birdie at the same hole to reclaim a 2-stroke
Pettersen made it two in a row with a birdie at the 14th to stretch her lead
to three. Munoz then fell further behind with a bogey at the 16th before
Pettersen closed out her late push with a birdie at the last.
"Today, Azahara gave me an even bigger challenge. She played really good on
the front nine -- well, she played really good all around. I think I can
almost thank her for keep pressing and keep pushing me because I just had to
keep staying aggressive and try to make birdies," Pettersen said.
NOTES: Pettersen's win was also her fourth this season and eighth straight
top-10 finish ... Pettersen defended a title for the first time in her career
... Pettersen collected $300,000 with the win and has now crossed the $2
million mark for the season. She now sits within $93,613 of Inbee Park on the
LPGA Official Money List.
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