Pettersen fends off Salas in Hawaii|
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
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.
"You know what, I tried to get to 20(-under par). Before teeing off today, I
thought 20 was going to do it," Pettersen said in a greenside interview.
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.
"My only bad shot of the day was that chunk in the playoff," Salas stated. "A
chunk was not bad, but there's water. I played my behind off today. After that
eagle on 10, I kept the momentum going. I'm very proud of myself and I'm
almost there for my first win."
Pettersen kicked in her par effort to seal her 11th LPGA Tour title.
"I played great. I hit one bad tee shot. I'm really happy. I tried to stay
aggressive. I didn't really look behind and I didn't really look at the
board," Pettersen said.
"Lizette played outstanding. That's what you've got to do to win tournaments.
She kept pressing me, which kept me on my fifth gear."
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-
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.
Pettersen was in control of the tournament on the ninth tee as she was five
strokes clear of the field, and six ahead of Salas, at that point. Things
quickly changed as Salas birdied the ninth, then holed her approach shot on
the 10th for an eagle.
Salas was within three, and as quickly as she cut the deficit from six to
three, she moved from three down to tied for the lead just as quickly.
The 23-year-old birdied the 12th and 13th to move to 16-under. Pettersen
birdied the 12th from 20th feet, but stumbled to a bogey on the 13th after
her drive hit a cart path and bounced out of bounds.
Salas drained a 6-footer for birdie on the 14th to join Pettersen atop the
leaderboard. Pettersen responded with an up and down birdie on the par-5 14th
and a 7-foot birdie effort at 15.
Salas answered Pettersen with a 10-foot birdie effort at 15 and 4-footer for
birdie at 16. The pair were tied at 19-under par with two holes to go. Salas
2-putted for par on 17 and her birdie effort on 18 lipped out. She tapped in
for par and a course record 62, then waited on the putting green for Pettersen
Pettersen drained a 7-foot birdie try on No. 17 to grab the lead at minus-20.
At the 18th, her drive stopped in the right rough and she could only play her
second short of the green. The 32-year-old chipped her third to about 20 feet
and that putt stayed above ground to force the extra session.
On the front nine, Pettersen wrapped birdies at one and three around a bogey
on the second. She later birdied the sixth and eighth to head to the back nine
at 17-under par.
Salas had back-to-back birdies at the second and third. She stumbled to a
bogey on the par-5 fifth, but came back with birdies at eight and nine to head
to the final nine at 12-under.
NOTES: Pettersen earned $255,000 for the win ... She won on the Ladies
European Tour earlier this year, and with this victory is projected to move to
fifth in the world rankings ... Every scoring record from last year's
inaugural event fell this week as new 18-, 36-, 54- and 72-hole scoring
records were set ... The LPGA Tour heads to Texas next week for a new event,
the North Texas LPGA Shootout.
04/20 22:51:16 ET