Category: Women’s Pro - Page 27

Pettersen Holds Off Emerging Salas

It seems that Suzann Pettersen can beat you with her eyes closed. Pettersen won the LPGA Lotte Championship on Saturday with a stellar putting performance and she did it with her eyes closed. “It’s just something I did a lot in 2007,” said Pettersen, who won five tournaments that year. “I practiced a lot with it. Back then I was like, ‘Why not bring it to the golf course?’ I have a lot better feel. I don’t really try to steer the putt. I kind of visualize everything in my head. I visualize the line that I’ve read, the ball, the speed — I’ve read it, and that’s it.” Pettersen’s victory was her 11th LPGA title and it took a playoff to secure the win, despite her 5under 67 in the final round. She was caught by 23-yea-rold Lizette Salas, who shot a 10-under 62 on Saturday. In fact, Pettersen had a one-shot lead heading into the final hole but made bogey at the 18th to force the playoff. Both players ended 72 holes at 19-under 269 at Ko Olina Golf Club. Salas came undone in the playoff, hitting her second shot into the water that fronts the 18th green. Pettersen’s par was enough for the win. “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.

Park's Place

The promise that Inbee Park showed five years ago and then flickered was ignited again with a dominating victory in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Park shot a final-round 69 to finish 15 under, four strokes better than fellow South Korean, So Yeon Ryu.