Phatlum wins Brasil Cup by 4|
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Sports Network) - Pornanong Phatlum fired a six-under
67 on Sunday to earn a four-stroke victory at the Brasil Cup.
Phatlum had held a share of the first-round lead after carding a 66 on
Saturday, then turned in a bogey-free round to secure the title of this two-
day, unofficial event.
She drained five birdies on the front nine at Itanhanga Golf Club and cruised
to the win on the back nine, finishing at 13-under par 133.
"I'm so excited today," Phatlum said. "I played really well today and I played
on my game. I'm just very happy today."
Amy Hung fired a 65 to take second at minus-nine, while Chella Choi (67) and
Paula Creamer (69) shared third at eight-under.
"I played really well today," Creamer said. "I had a lot of birdies,
definitely enough birdies to win the golf tournament, but too many bogeys in
Karine Icher, who shared first after Saturday, posted just a 73 for her second
round and finished in a tie for fifth at seven-under.
Phatlum, 22, has never won on the LPGA Tour, but quickly separated herself
from the field.
She began the day tied with Icher and one shot ahead of Katie Futcher, her two
playing partners for Sunday's round.
Phatlum rolled in her first birdie at the par-five second hole, which Futcher
also birdied to stay within a stroke. But Futcher fell down the leaderboard by
following with three consecutive bogeys, and didn't make another birdie until
the 11th hole.
Icher also struggled on the front nine, only to a lesser degree. She bogeyed
the fifth and birdied the sixth to remain stuck at seven-under.
Phatlum, on the other hand, extended her advantage with a superb front nine.
She birdied the fifth to get to nine-under, then made the turn at minus-12 by
making birdies at seven, eight and nine.
Hung was the only player to shoot better than 67 on Sunday, but began the
round too far back to gain significant ground on Phatlum.
The leader birdied the 11th, then parred out to clinch the victory.
NOTES: Phatlum collected $108,000 for the victory...Suzann Pettersen, the
highest-ranked player in the field at world No. 3, carded a 73 and shared 10th
place at five-under...Mariajo Uribe, the 2011 champion, shot a two-over 75 and
finished at plus-two...The LPGA has next week off, then resumes play May 17
with the Sybase Match Play Championship. Pettersen beat Cristie Kerr 1-up last
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