Whenever Sherri Steinhauer mentioned to people she had won the Women's British Open twice, they always assumed the tournament was a major.
Steinhauer never bothered to correct them. Now she doesn't have to.
The 43-year-old American shot an even-par 72 yesterday at Royal Lytham in Lytham St. Annes, England, to win the Women's British Open for the third time, and the first since it became a major in 2001.
``That is the biggest thrill for me that I've done it now as a major," Steinhauer said after finishing three strokes ahead of Cristie Kerr (71) and 2000 champion Sophie Gustafson (72).
Steinhauer also won the tournament in 1998 at Royal Lytham and then at Woburn a year later.
``People who thought the two that I won, they thought they were a major. Now that it really is, it makes the other two that much sweeter, too," she said.
Steinhauer finished at 7-under 281 for her second major title. Michelle Wie and Annika Sorenstam, two of the leading contenders coming into the tournament, finished way back.
Wie shot her third straight 2-over 74 to finish at 6-over 294. The 16-year- has failed to break par in her last seven rounds at a major. Sorenstam, who won last month's US Open for her 10th major victory, finished with a 79--295.
Champions -- David Edwards won the
Edwards, in his 11th start on the tour, birdied Nos. 8, 9, 11, 12, and 13 to reach 11 under, added four pars, and closed with another birdie for a 12-under 204 total.
European -- Marc Warren (69) parred the second playoff hole to beat Robert Karlsson (71) and win the Scandinavian Masters in Loddekopinge, Sweden, for his first tour title. Both players finished at 10-under 278 after 72 holes.
Nationwide -- Johnson Wagner of Jupiter, Fla., shot an 8-under 63 (21-under 263 total) for a four-stroke victory over Craig Bowden in the Cox Classic in Omaha, moving to the top of the tour's money list and within one win of immediate promotion to the PGA Tour.