It took an extra hole at The LPGA LOTTE Championship presented by J Golf for Suzann Pettersen to get her 11th career win, but after making bogey at the 18th hole, she fell into a tie with red-hot Lizette Salas, and ended regulation play, tied with the youngster from Southern California.
Pettersen made eight birdies on Saturday, but only needed par at 18 to win. The sixth ranked Pettersen missed the fairway on the final hole, and made a bogey to fall into a tie with Salas who blistered the course with a -10 under 62. It was the lowest round to par in the 2013 LPGA season. Suzann started the day with a one-shot lead over the field, but with all of the LPGA stars chasing her, it was the rookie that almost got the job done at the Ko Olina Golf Club on Oahu.
The two players would replay the 18th hole, and Pettersen would make par this time, and Salas, who had cooled in the clubhouse for a while would make her only double bogey of the tournament.
“I played very solid today,” Pettersen said. “Obviously a little easier conditions, so I just tried to stick with my own game plan, didn’t really look behind me. I looked at one scoreboard, I think that was on 8, and I saw people were still making a lot of birdies, I said let’s still keep this going. Made one errant tee shot, cost me ‑‑ I managed to get a bogey. But other than that I putted great, another round with somewhere about 27 putts, so at least the hurdle that’s been ‑‑ that I’ve been fighting before, it’s kind of letting go now, and that’s how you win tournaments.”
Lizette Salas fell apart in the final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship a couple of weeks ago, but here she is again. The youngster played one of the finest rounds we’ve seen this year on the LPGA Tour. Her final round 62 included a bogey at the par five fifth hole, but she would get it all back with an eagle at ten.
Salas made the turn at three under par, but the back nine is where she got it going. After her eagle at ten, she made five birdies in a row starting at the 12th hole shooting 29 on the back. She needed one more to close the deal for her first win. She was impressive with 15 out of 18 greens in regulation, but her flat stick was the difference. She only needed 22 puts to finish her round.
Inbee Park shot a final-round 67 to finish in a tie for fourth at 13-under-par and secure her No. 1 ranking for at least another week. Stacy Lewis, who is currently ranked No. 2 in the world, couldn’t make up enough ground to regain the No. 1 position as she shot a -1 under 71 to finish in a tie for ninth at -10 under.
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