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Sweden’s Nordqvist wins her maiden LPGA Championship

AFP , HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND

Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist made her first major championship as a professional a memorable one on Sunday as she fired a four-under 68 to win the LPGA Championship.

Nordqvist, who turned 22 on Wednesday, finished at 15-under 273, four shots ahead of Australian Lindsey Wright.

After seeing her five-stroke lead s10.6m shot for birdie at the next.

Wright, who like Nordqvist had to return early on Sunday to finish up her weather-delayed third round, fired a final-round 70 for 277.

South Korea’s Shin Ji-yai was third after a 68 for 278, and compatriot Kyeong Bae, 68, was a further shot back on 279.

Nordqvist had made the cut at the Women’s British Open the past two years as an amateur.

Taiwanese golfer Yani Tseng fired a 74 for 287, while compatriot Candie Kung also shot 74 for 293. Teresa Lu was at 296 after shooting five-over par at 77.

■ST JUDE CLASSIC

REUTERS, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

American Brian Gay crowned a consistent week by clinching the St Jude Classic on Sunday with a five-shot win over compatriots David Toms and Bryce Molder.

The 37-year-old Gay finished on 18-under par to claim his third PGA Tour win, and his second of the year, having led after all four rounds at the TPC Southwind.

World No. 2 Phil Mickelson, returning from a five-week lay-off after his wife was diagnosed with cancer last month, shot a disappointing five-over 75 on the final day to finish one-over for the week. Mickelson ended tied for 59th along with twice major winner John Daly, who returned to the PGA Tour after a six-month ban for improper conduct.

Gay, who won the Heritage Classic in April, has now booked himself a starting place in next week’s US Open.

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