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Golf: Pettersen holds on to Sunrise LPGA Taiwan trophy after wire-to-wire win

World No. 2 Suzann Pettersen led all four rounds to successfully defend her title at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship. Photo: AFP.

World No. 2 Suzann Pettersen led all four rounds to successfully defend her title at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship. Photo: AFP.

October 27, 2013: Suzann Pettersen fired a closing three-under-par 69 to claim her 14th career LPGA Tour victory and successfully defend her title at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, the fourth stop on the LPGA’s five-leg ‘Asia’ swing.

 

It was a head-to-head battle with Spaniard Azahara Munoz throughout the day, but World No. 2 Pettersen pulled away late in the round to secure a five-stroke victory and clinch her fourth win of the season.

 

“It feels great to come here and defend my title and play as well as I did. It was very tough out there. Since the very first shot on Thursday, the conditions gave us a very big challenge,” said Pettersen, who won her second major at The Evian Championship last month.

 

“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 entered the final round at Sunrise Golf and Country Club with a four-stroke lead and the Norwegian was the first to strike on Sunday with a birdie at the second.

 

But just when Pettersen seemed to be cruising to victory, Munoz began staging a comeback and pulled within three strokes of the lead after a birdie at the fourth. Pettersen continued to see her lead slip through her fingertips after an untimely bogey at the par-five ninth reduced her lead over Munoz to one.

 

Pettersen would maintain a one-stroke lead until Munoz drew level with a birdie at the par-four 12th.

 

Just as quickly as Pettersen saw her lead fade, she quickly regained control after back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14 gave her a comfortable three-stroke lead.

 

Pettersen cruised throughout the remainder of her final round and birdied the par-five 18th to successfully defend a title for the first time on the LPGA Tour. While Munoz and Pettersen engaged in a head-to-head battle throughout the majority of Sunday, Pettersen admitted it helped her focus during the final round.

 

“For me, it was to keep pushing and keep pressing,” said Pettersen. “I birdied the next, I had a good putt on 15 to have another birdie. I had a chance on 17 and then I made the putt on 18. So for me, 10‑under was my goal. That’s kind of where I tried to keep my focus.  But obviously the way it ended up, it was literally a race between her and me.”

 

With the win, Pettersen crossed the US$2 million mark in season earnings with $2,241,847 and moved within $93,613 of World No. 1 Park In-bee on the LPGA Official Money List.

 

Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship (Round 4), Sunrise Golf & Country Club

1          Suzann Pettersen       68-69-73-69    279      -9         $300,000

2          Azahara Munoz           73-72-69-70    284      -4         $186,096

3          Caroline Hedwall         71-73-72-70    286      -2         $135,000

4          Eun-Hee Ji                  72-76-69-70    287      -1         $104,433

T5        Mina Harigae               74-71-75-68    288      E          $70,132

T5        Irene Cho                    71-74-72-71    288      E          $70,132

T5        Se Ri Pak                    76-72-69-71    288      E          $70,132

T8        Mi Jung Hur                 75-71-72-71    289      +1        $45,680

T8        Beatriz Recari              72-71-73-73    289      +1        $45,680

T8        Sun Young Yoo           73-69-72-75    289      +1        $45,680

T11      Moriya Jutanugarn      76-75-72-68    291      +3        $30,986

T11      Chella Choi                 72-72-76-71    291      +3        $30,986

T11      Candie Kung               73-73-74-71    291      +3        $30,986

T11      Paula Creamer            72-74-73-72    291      +3        $30,986

T11      Anna Nordqvist           77-71-71-72    291      +3        $30,986

T11      Hee Kyung Seo          74-70-74-73    291      +3        $30,986

T11      Na Yeon Choi             74-72-71-74    291      +3        $30,986

T11      Carlota Ciganda          72-70-72-77    291      +3        $30,986

T19      Mika Miyazato             75-75-70-72    292      +4        $23,841

T19      Lexi Thompson           74-74-70-74    292      +4        $23,841

T21      Alison Walshe             71-73-79-70    293      +5        $21,804

T21      Ilhee Lee                     73-75-71-74    293      +5        $21,804

T21      Pernilla Lindberg          75-71-72-75    293      +5        $21,804

T24      Michelle Wie                74-77-72-71    294      +6        $19,817

T24      Catriona Matthew       75-72-74-73    294      +6        $19,817

T26      Juli Inkster                   75-74-72-74    295      +7        $18,391

T26      Katherine Hull-Kirk       73-70-77-75    295      +7        $18,391

T28      Hee-Won Han             77-76-72-71    296      +8        $15,399

T28      Haeji Kang                   77-73-73-73    296      +8        $15,399

T28      Rebecca Lee-Bentham           73-78-71-74    296      +8        $15,399

T28      Ai Miyazato                 74-76-72-74    296      +8        $15,399

T28      Julieta Granada           74-76-70-76    296      +8        $15,399

T28      Gerina Piller                 74-74-72-76    296      +8        $15,399

T28      Belen Mozo                 72-77-70-77    296      +8        $15,399

T35      Jennifer Johnson        75-75-74-73    297      +9        $12,023

T35      Austin Ernst                 74-76-73-74    297      +9        $12,023

T35      Jane Park                    75-75-72-75    297      +9        $12,023

T35      Lindsey Wright            75-74-73-75    297      +9        $12,023

T35      Hee Young Park          74-74-71-78    297      +9        $12,023

T40      Yani Tseng                  76-78-72-72    298      +10      $9,985

T40      Karine Icher                 71-79-73-75    298      +10      $9,985

T40      Meena Lee                  74-77-72-75    298      +10      $9,985

T40      Pornanong Phatlum     74-73-73-78    298      +10      $9,985

 

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