Norway’s Suzann Pettersen lifted her second trophy in as many weeks yesterday after a three-shot victory at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.
The world No. 7 braved strong winds to fire a three-under-par 69 in her final round to snatch the win from South Korea’s Inbee Park, who had led by two overnight, but had to settle for second.
“It is a great win for me, especially coming back from behind in tough conditions like today,” Pettersen told reporters. “I really tried to stick to my own game plan, sticking to my own bubble. I played my own game, tried not to kind of do stupid mistakes, errors that would cost me too much.”
Yani Tseng (曾雅妮), the world No. 1 and the Taiwanese home favorite, finished third as she extended a winless streak that stretches back to March.
Pettersen erased two early birdies with bogeys on seven and nine, but she picked up three shots in her last seven holes as Park stumbled to a 74 at the par-72 Sunrise Golf and Country Club in Taoyuan.
“Last week in [South] Korea, I felt I had to scramble to win in a playoff. This week, I was really playing well and I felt I deserved the victory. Winning last week gave me a lot of confidence,” Pettersen said.
Pettersen also won last week’s KEB-HanaBank Championship in South Korea, where she beat Scotland’s Catriona Matthew in a playoff.
Tseng’s final round of 71 left her four shots behind the leader, but ahead of Matthew, in fourth.
“I know I didn’t finish where I wanted to, but it’s getting better and I think it’s getting better slowly, so I’m very happy [with] what I play right now,” Tseng said.
Last year, the diminutive Tseng, affectionately known as the “Pride of Taiwan” by her home fans, enjoyed her seventh and final win of the season in front of sell-out crowds at the Sunrise event, but she has gone off the boil this year with no wins since March, including 11 straight tournaments without a top 10 finish and three missed cuts.
She finished third last week in South Korea, boosting her self-confidence.
Of the other Taiwanese taking part, LPGA Tour veteran Candie Kung (龔怡萍) finished highest on the leaderboard, tied for 32nd place on one-over 289.
Additional reporting by staff reporter