Pettersen claims 11th LPGA title

BY Bruce Young | LPGA Tour | 2013 LPGA Lotte Championship | Wrap | 21 Apr 2013

Norway’s Suzanne Pettersen has survived a playoff against American Lizette Salas at the LPGA Lotte Championship at the Ko Olina Golf Club on the island of Oahu to win her 11th LPGA Tour event.

Pettersen parred to first extra hole after her younger and comparatively inexperienced opponent dunked her approach into the water at the par four 18th and took a double bogey.

It was a frustrating way for the day to end for Salas as she had produce a career best round of 62 to get within one of Pettersen who then bogeyed the 72nd hole and so a playoff became necessary.

Salas is in her second season on the LPGA Tour where her best finish to date has been a 4th place finish at the recent R.R. Donelly Cup. A four time All America while attending the USC, Salas is now considered a great chance to make the US Solheim Cup team so while the chance to win her first event went begging she has gained a lot from the week.

After two early birdies today, Salas then produced a run through the middle of her round during which she was 9 under par through nine holes. She had actually drawn level with Pettersen when she birdied the 16th but Pettersen then birdied the 17th to move ahead again before the bogey at the 72nd hole.

Pettersen took control of the tournament during her second round and led from then until Sala drew level late in her round.

17 year old Ariya Jutanugarn provided further evidence of just what a player she is likely to become with yet another great week on the LPGA Tour despite not having status to play that Tour. She was forced to qualify last Sunday to earn a place in the field but having done so she finished 3rd.

Jutanugarn has now finished runner-up, 4th and now 3rd in her three LPGA Tour starts in 2013 in addition to winning on the Ladies European Tour and finishing runner-up in at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters in Australia.

World number one I.B. Park finished in a share of 4th with I.K. Kim.

Lydia Ko was the best of the Australasian contingent when she finished tied for 9th while Karrie Webb led the Australians when she finished 17th.

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