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Sophie Gustafson wins by four shots

Tom Pernice Jr. is the latest to win his Champions Tour debut.

September 28, 2009|Associated Press

Sophie Gustafson is finally an LPGA Tour winner again, cruising to a four-stroke victory over top-ranked Lorena Ochoa in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge on Sunday at Danville, Calif.

The 35-year-old Swede shot a four-under-par 68 at Blackhawk Country Club and finished at 20-under 268 to win her first title since the 2003 Samsung World Championship. She takes home the $165,000 first prize for her fifth career tour victory.

She beamed while walking across the bridge to the 18th green, even high-fiving a tournament official. Once it was official, she shared a long embrace with her caddie.

Ochoa shot an even-par 72 on Sunday to finish at 16 under. She's winless in 11 starts since taking the Corona Championship in her native Mexico in late April. She has two victories in 16 events this year after winning 21 times in the previous three years.

Pernice wins debut

Tom Pernice Jr. became the 15th player to win in his Champions Tour debut, holing a 35-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Nick Price and David Frost in the SAS Championship at Cary, N.C.

"You don't expect to hit a 35-footer, especially on the last hole to win," Pernice said. "It was my turn to win, I guess."

Pernice, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, closed with a three-under 69 to finish at 13-under 203 on the Prestonwood Country Club course. Frost shot a 67, and Price had a 68.

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