Pettersen Capitalizes On Tseng Collapse

Portland, Oregon | Suzann Pettersen’s LPGA gain was Yani Tseng’s demoralizing loss Sunday at the Safeway Classic. Former world No. 1 Tseng looked for all the world ready to break out of a prolonged slump Saturday when she took a three-shot lead into the final round at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. But a final-round 78 just raised more questions about what has happened to a player who dominated the game as recently as two years ago. For her part, Pettersen survived a double bogey on the par-3 second Sunday to clinch a two-stroke victory ahead of Stacy Lewis. Pettersen’s final round of 5-under-par 67 produced a 20-under 72-hole total and her 12th LPGA career win. Lewis closed with a 68 and didn’t make a bogey all week. Tseng also double-bogeyed the second playing in the same group as Pettersen. The difference was that Pettersen, who said her goal last week was to keep her emotions in check, delivered with five Suzann Pettersen birdies in the next six holes after the double. “I decided before I went out just not have too many reactions, good or bad,” Pettersen said. “I
knew there were birdies out there if you really get it going. I just tried to put (the second hole) behind me. It was a disaster of a hole, 150 yards.”


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