Anna holds off strong field to win

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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