Pettersen clinches LPGA trophy

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Finally! After being a perennial number-two this season, Norwegian golfing star Suzann Pettersen could enjoy the sweet taste of victory after winning the Canadian Open.

Pettersen, who made her LPGA debut six years ago, ended lots of times in third, fifth, even seventh place earlier in her career. She had a good year in 2007, with several victories, but last season she ended up finishing second three times and was in third place twice.

Her frustration grew just last week, when she lost the Safeway Classic in Oregon after having a three-stroke lead. “I can’t explain what happened,” she said when it was all over. She has ended up in second place three times in 2009.

But on Sunday, that all changed. Pettersen won the prestigious LPGA Candian Women’s Open golf tournament in Calgary, Alberta, after golfing a final round of 70 that put her 15 under par.

The Oslo-native known as “Tutta” in Norway, not least in the Norwegian media, was thrilled as were her followers. “This feels absolutely great,” she said, after being sprayed with beer by celebrating colleagues. “Like I’ve been saying, when you put yourself in position enough, you finally figure out how to close the deal.”

The Canadian Open is one of the season’s major tournaments with a pot of more than NOK 16 million. Pettersen, age 28, has earned around NOK 5.3 million already this year.

Her performance at the Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club in Calgary was impressive, finishing fully five strokes ahead of five players sharing second place. Pettersen, who grew up in Oslo, started playing golf as a six-year-old but also says she loves skiing. She now lives in Orlando, Florida.