Suzann Pettersen closed with a 1-under-par 70 yesterday for a five-shot victory at the Canadian Women’s Open in Priddis, Alberta, her first LPGA Tour win in nearly two years.
The Norwegian star vowed not to play conservatively with a five-shot lead heading into the final round. She made good, keeping that margin over Momoko Ueda (65), Morgan Pressel (66), Ai Miyazato (67), Karrie Webb (69), and Angela Stanford (70).
“To finally close the deal again feels really good,’’ Pettersen said. “I remember what it feels like again.’’
Pettersen’s past couple of years on tour had been known for near misses, with six runner-up finishes - including a playoff loss in Portland last weekend.
She earned $412,500 for dominating a field that featured the top 75 money-winners on tour.
The 28-year-old was the most consistent player at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club all week, scoring well in the wind on Thursday and Saturday before finishing strong yesterday.
It was Pettersen’s sixth career victory - the previous five came during a breakout 2007 - and pushed her season’s earnings to more than $1.1 million.
Champions - Jeff Sluman overcame a six-stroke deficit at Pebble Beach, Calif., to successfully defend his Walmart First Tee Open title, acing the fifth hole and finishing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory.
Sluman, who started the day tied for fifth after a second-round 73, had four birdies and the hole-in-one on the 187-yard fifth to finish at 10-under 206.
Gene Jones shot a 70 to finish second. Tom Lehman (73) and Mark O’Meara (75) followed at 7 under, and second-round leader Loren Roberts (78) tied for fifth with David Eger (69) and Olin Browne (71) at 6 under.
Sluman won for the first time this season after winning twice last year in his first full season on the Champions Tour. He won six times on the PGA Tour.
European - Alexander Noren won the European Masters by two shots over Bradley Dredge, shooting a 6-under 66 that included an eagle on No. 15 in Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland.
Noren finished at 20-under 264 to hold off 2006 winner Dredge, who shot a 65. Ross McGowan had a 65 to finish third at 267, two ahead of Miguel Angel Jimenez (67).
Futures - Song Yi Choi won the season-ending ILOVENY Championship in Albany, N.Y., to finish fifth on the money list and earn one of 10 LPGA Tour cards for 2010.
Choi closed with a 1-under 70 to finish at 15-under 205 for a one-stroke victory over Libby Smith (68) of Essex Junction, Vt. Choi earned $15,400 for her first pro victory to jump from 11th on the money list to fifth with $42,939.
Alison Walshe (Westford) and Liz Janangelo (West Hartford) were among those tied for third, two shots back. Walshe also earned her LPGA Tour card, finishing ninth on the money list.