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Pettersen wins Evian Championship by 2
Evian-les-Bains, France (Sports Network) - Suzann Pettersen carded a 3-under 68 on Sunday en route to winning the weather-shortened Evian Championship by two strokes.
Pettersen, who won two weeks ago in Oregon, ended at 10-under-par 203. This was her second major championship and 13th title in all on the LPGA Tour.
"This is a dream come true. This was by far on my bucket list to win the Evian Championship now that it's become a major. But also, they have been such a great supporter of this," Pettersen said. "This is my 12th or 13th time here. This was good timing to win this tournament."
After the first round was washed out by rain on Thursday, officials cut the championship to 54 holes. There was a 90-minute weather delay on Sunday morning. Officials covered the greens overnight prior to the final round to protect from more rain that fell.
After getting the course playable, the round was able to be finished despite several more rain showers throughout the day at Evian Resort Golf Club.
"I don't know if it's actually sunk in that I've actually won another major. All you're trying to do is go out there and win tournaments. Today, I thought we were going to fight the weather more than we did," admitted Pettersen. "It was almost like a walk in the park just staying dry."
Amateur star Lydia Ko managed a 1-under 70 to end alone in second place at minus-8. Lexi Thompson posted a 68 to take third at 6-under-par 207.
Se Ri Pak and So Yeon Ryu both closed with 71s and they shared fourth place at minus-5. Stacy Lewis (73), Angela Stanford (69) and Chella Choi (72) were one shot back at 4-under 209.
Second-round leader Mika Miyazato was going for her first major championship title, but struggled mightily in the final round. Miyazato stumbled to an 8- over 79, which left her tied for 19th at even-par 213.
Miyazato bogeyed three of the first five holes to drop to minus-5, and she failed to get back into it from there.
Pettersen started her round with back-to-back birdies from the second. That moved her into the lead at minus-9. Ko was one shot behind her as she started with birdies on the first and third wrapped around a bogey at the second.
The 32-year-old Pettersen carded three pars in a row from the fourth, then dropped a shot on the seventh to dip into a share of the lead. Pettersen came right back with a birdie on No. 8. She parred six consecutive holes from the ninth.
Ko ran off nine straight pars from the fourth. She ended that run with a bogey on the par-5 13th to fall two back. Both players made birdie on the par-5 15th as Pettersen remained two clear.
Pettersen wrapped up the victory with three pars in a row.
"I was so chicken to lay up (on 18). My caddie Brian Dilley said, 'if Lydia lays up, we lay up.' I'm like, OK. She has a wood in her hand. She's going to go for it," Pettersen explained. "For me, it was almost the perfect shot. I could just hit my stock shot and just hit a little fade with my hybrid."
Ko also parred the final three holes to take second place.
"I was pretty happy with my round today. Like yesterday, I gave myself a lot of the chances to make birdies, so I hit it much closer to the pins. I probably did half of that today," Ko said. "I don't expect myself to make everything, but it was really good to know that I could come so close to the winner at a major."
NOTES: Pettersen earned $487,500 for the victory ... She joined Lewis (three) and Inbee Park (six) as the three players with three or more wins this season ... Pettersen now has seven top-10 finishes in her last eight starts ... After a two-week break, the LPGA Tour returns to action in China with a new event, the Reignwood LPGA Classic.
09/15 14:17:37 ET
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