Friberg a Rolex First-Time Winner at MasterCard Classic
HUIXQUILUCAN, Mexico, March 16, 2008 – It took almost two hours before Louise Friberg realized she had won the 2008 MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta Presented by Nextel. The LPGA Tour rookie set a tournament record—and tied her career low—with her final round 7-under-par 65. She started the round tied for 22nd at 1-over-par, and was playing eight groups ahead of the second-round leaders. Friberg carded a near-perfect round with six birdies, one eagle on the par-5, 12th hole, and one bogey on the 16th to close the event the winner by one stroke (72-73-65=210, -6) over 36-hole leader Yani Tseng (68-69-74=211, -5).
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“I wasn't expecting to win at 6-under. I thought my last putt on 18 would make me finish second,” said Friberg, who became the first rookie to win an LPGA Tour event since Julieta Granada won the 2006 ADT Championship. “So I was waiting around, didn't really know what to do in the meantime. A lot of things went through my mind, but to be honest, I don't remember what. I don't know if I was hungry, thirsty, what. I was just waiting.”