Anna holds off strong field to win
PHOENIX: Anna Nordqvist closed with a four-under 68 at the LPGA Tour’s Founders Cup on Sunday to hold off a trio of former major champions and earn her first victory of 2017.
Over the four days, Anna posted 26 birdies, one eagle and just three bogeys to finish at 25-under 263, two shots better than Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, South Korean Chun In-Gee and Stacy Lewis of the US.
This is the first win for the 29year-old Swede since the debacle at the 2016 US Women’s Open in July where she was assessed a two-stroke penalty in the playoff which allowed Brittany Lang to the claim the title.
“Of all the wins this is probably one of the ones that’s going to be more special,” she said.
Anna’s score to par came within two strokes of the LPGA record of 27-under set in 2001 by fellow Swede Annika Sorenstam and matched last year by Kim Sei-Young. All three rounds took place in Phoenix.
The win was the seventh on the USLPGA Tour and ninth internationally for Anna, who played American college golf at nearby Arizona State.
Former US Women’s Open winner In-Gee, reigning Women’s British Open champion Ariya and 2011 ANA Inspiration winner Stacy all tried but failed to catch Nordqvist.
In-Gee rolled in six birdies in her bogey-free final round of 66.
World No 1 Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, shot 68 and finished 20under in a bogey-free tournament. AFP