LPGA: Pettersen downs Salas for LPGA win


Mon, Apr 22, 2013 - Page 20

Norway’s Suzann Pettersen two-putted for par on the first playoff hole on Saturday to beat American Lizette Salas in the LPGA Lotte Championship.

Pettersen bogeyed the final hole of regulation in a five-under 67. Salas saw a birdie attempt at the last lip out, but closed with a course-record 10-under 62 at Ko Olina to join Pettersen on 19-under-par 269.

Pettersen and Salas went back to the 18th tee for the playoff and both were in the fairway off the tee.

Pettersen’s approach was about 20 feet left of the pin.

Salas, playing in her first LPGA Tour playoff, hit her second shot into the water. She hit her fourth to 15 feet.

Pettersen left her birdie attempt two feet short. Salas’s putt for bogey was left and after she tapped in for a double-bogey Pettersen calmly made her par putt to secure her 11th LPGA title.

World No. 1 Park In-Bee of South Korea carded a 67 and compatriot I.K. Kim a 65 to share fourth on 275.

Miyazato managed an even-par 72 in the final round and was tied with South Korean Choi Na-Yeon (66) and American Jessica Korda (69) on 277.

Stacy Lewis, replaced by Park atop the world rankings last week carded a 71 that put her among six players tied for ninth on 10-under 278.

Taiwan’s former No. 1 Yani Tseng shot a one-under 71 to tie for 38th on 285.

Additional reporting by staff writer