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Nordqvist captures first victory in five years in Thailand

AP, CHONBURI, Thailand

Anna Nordqvist of Sweden ended a five-year victory drought when she beat defending champion Inbee Park of South Korea by two strokes to win the LPGA Thailand at the Siam County Club Pattaya Old Course yesterday.

Nordqvist, who held the lead for the final three days, shot a final-round 68 for 15-under 273, to edge Inbee, who carded a final round 66 for an aggregate 13-under 275.

The victory was her third LPGA title after winning the LPGA Championship and the LPGA Tour Championship in 2009.

“It’s been a while, but I’m just so happy to finally break through again,” Nordqvist said. “Inbee kept pushing me at the end. I just really had to stay strong. Had a rough first couple holes, but kept playing good on the back. Just unbelievable to get that win again,” she said.

Nordqvist, whose form dipped dramatically last year, gave much of the credit for her success to new coach Jorje Parada of Spain.

“I have to thank my family and friends and coach for keeping pushing me through the good and bad times. They really inspired me and believed in me no matter what. And here I am sitting here with the trophy,” Nordqvist said.

Catriona Matthew of Scotland shot a second straight 65 to finish third on 277.

American Michelle Wie, who was tied for second after three rounds, shot three birdies plus an eagle on the 10th against two bogeys for a final-round 69 and fourth place another shot back.

Taiwanese former champion Yani Tseng, with a 68, was joint fifth along with the American trio of Gerina Piller, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson and Paraguayan Julieta Granada, who all finished on 279.

Taiwan’s Candie Kung finished with a total of 292 to finish in a tie for 36th.

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