Pettersen fends off Salas in Hawaii

8:58 PM, Apr 20, 2013   |    comments
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Oahu, HI (Sports Network) - Suzann Pettersen 2-putted for par on the first playoff hole Saturday to defeat Lizette Salas and win the LPGA LOTTE Championship.

Pettersen bogeyed the final hole of regulation for a 5-under 67. Salas, whose birdie effort on the 18th hole lipped out, fired a 7-under 29 on the back nine en route to a course-record, 10-under 62 at Ko Olina Golf Club.

They finished at 19-under-par 269 and smashed the 72-hole tournament scoring record of 276, which Ai Miyazato set when she won last year.

Pettersen and Salas headed back to the 18th tee for the playoff and both found the fairway with their tee shots. Pettersen played first and hit her approach about 20 feet left of the hole.

Salas, who was in her first LPGA Tour playoff, chunked her second shot into the water. She hit her fourth to 15 feet. Pettersen's birdie effort came up two feet short of the hole. Salas' bogey effort stopped just left of the hole, and she tapped in for double bogey.

Pettersen kicked in her par effort to seal her 11th LPGA Tour title.

Ariya Jutanugarn closed with a 6-under 66 to grab third place at minus-15. Women's world No. 1 Inbee Park (67) and I.K. Kim (65) shared fourth at 13- under-par 275.

Miyazato, last year's winner, managed an even-par 72 in the final round. She ended alongside Na Yeon Choi (66) and Jessica Korda (69) at minus-11.

Stacy Lewis (71) and amateur Lydia Ko (66) were among six players that tied for ninth place at 10-under-par 278.


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