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Anna Nordqvist wins LPGA Championship

The 22-year-old rookie sank a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 14 and essentially clinched her first career victory with a 35-foot putt for a birdie on No. 15.

June 15, 2009|Associated Press

HAVRE DE GRACE, MD. — A long and memorable day for Anna Nordqvist ended with a well-deserved champagne shower on the 18th green.

Playing in only her fifth professional tournament, the steely nerved rookie from Sweden shot a four-under-par 68 on Sunday to win the LPGA Championship by four strokes over Lindsey Wright.

Nordqvist finished at 15-under 273 in the tournament's final stand at Bulle Rock Golf Course. After letting a five-shot lead dwindle to one, Nordqvist sank a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 14 and essentially clinched her first career victory with a 35-foot putt for a birdie on No. 15.

When the shot dropped into the cup, the 22-year-old Swede pumped her fist with delight.

Not that she ever felt the need to panic. Throughout the week, Nordqvist appeared more nervous in the interview room than on the course. So, after her advantage fell to a stroke, her mind-set never changed.

"I just kept being patient. I think that's really what paid off at the end," she said.

Wright, who shot a 70, said: "It was amazing. Under that amount of pressure, not being in that position before and in a major and being a rookie? You can't get any better than that. She really didn't falter today. She didn't show any nerves at all."

Nordqvist completed the final four holes of the suspended third round at 7:30 in the morning, then teed off as part of the final twosome shortly after 2:30 p.m. She took a two-shot lead into the fourth round, quickly increased the margin and held on to earn the $300,000 top prize.

After Nordqvist concluded the tournament with a birdie putt on 18, her coach and several friends rushed onto the green to spray her with champagne.

"That was great. I couldn't see anything," Nordqvist said, grinning.

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