Nordqvist claims Kia Classic title|
Carlsbad, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anna Nordqvist carded a 5-under 67 on
Sunday to claim a 1-stroke victory at the Kia Classic.
Nordqvist, who collected her fourth career victory on the LPGA Tour and second
this season, finished at 13-under-par 275.
"They make me believe a lot more in myself," Nordqvist said about her two wins
this season. "I couldn't come into the first major of the year in a better
Third-round co-leader Lizette Salas managed a 2-under 70 to fall into second
place at 12-under 276, while Lexi Thompson (68) finished in third at 11-under.
Chella Choi (69) captured fourth at minus-10, a stroke ahead of the other 54-
hole co-leader, Cristie Kerr (73).
World No. 1 Inbee Park (68), Stacy Lewis (71), Se Ri Pak (69) and Eun-Hee Ji
(71) shared sixth place at Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club at 8-under 280.
Kerr and Salas entered the day tied for the lead at 10-under, and Salas was
handed the outright lead when Kerr opened her day with a bogey at the first,
dropping her into a share of second place with Nordqvist.
Nordqvist had birdied the first to reach minus-9.
Salas maintained her spot atop the leaderboard with a streak of 12 straight
pars until Nordqvist recorded back-to-back birdies at the eighth and ninth to
jump into first place at 11-under.
Thompson, meanwhile, had countered a birdie at the second with a bogey at the
eighth to remain at 7-under before rolling in three straight gains from the
13th to meet Salas in second.
Thompson would later add a birdie at the 18th to claim the clubhouse lead at
That would not stand, however, as Nordqvist pulled away for good with three
birdies in a four-hole span from the 13th, moving her to 14-under.
A bogey at the 17th dropped her to 13-under and gave some hope to Salas, but
she fell short of forcing a playoff despite recording birdies at the 14th,
16th and 18th.
"I just told myself to give it a shot and ended up making quite a bit of
birdies out there," said Nordqvist. "I didn't play very well last week in
Phoenix, but I felt my game was coming along pretty good, so I'm very, very
excited to come from behind this time."
NOTES: Nordqvist also won the Honda LPGA Thailand in February ... Nordqvist is
projected to move to No. 9 in Monday's Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings ...
Laura Diaz posted a hole-in-one at the sixth hole. She also aced the third
Saturday and is now just the second player in LPGA history to record two aces
in one week. Jenny Lidback was the first in 1997 at the Chrysler Plymouth TOC
... The LPGA remains in California next week for the first major of the
season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, which Inbee Park won by four stroke
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