Norway’s golf star reclaims throne

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Norwegian golf star Suzann Pettersen could finally claim a new LPGA tournament victory over the weekend, her first since winning the Canadian Open in 2009. Pettersen won with a birdie on the 18th hole at the Sybase Match Play Championship in Gladstone, New Jersey on Sunday.

Golfer Suzann Pettersen threw up her arms in victory after shooting a birdie on the 18th hole. PHOTO: www.suzanngolf.com

“It’s been 20 months (since the last win), but it doesn’t feel like 20 months,” Pettersen told reporters after her victory. “It feels like a lot longer.”

The Oslo native who for several years has had a home base in Florida was jubilant, especially given the frustration of last year’s LPGA season when she finished second six times in major tournaments. It was still a good year for her, with total earnings approaching USD 1.6 million, but as she has noted herself, “winning is what it’s all about.”

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that Pettersen, who just turned 30 last month, won the second and fourth holes. Challenger Cristie Kerr, however, won the fifth and eighth holes. Pettersen took the lead after the ninth, but Kerr won the 17th hole and extended the duel until the course’s last hole.

The victory enriches Pettersen to the tune of USD 375,000 (nearly NOK 2 million). “This one tastes great!” Pettersen wrote on her own website. “Big week and win. Yes!”

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