Suzann Pettersen captures second major title at the inaugural Evian Championship
Evian-les-Bains, France -- Suzann Pettersen fired a final round three-under-par 68 to earn her second career major at the inaugural Evian Championship.
The 32-year-old Norwegian shot rounds of 66, 69 and 68 for a total of 203, 10 under par, in the rain-shortened, 54-hole event. She finished two strokes clear of 16-year-old amateur Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who began the day tied for second.
The third and final round quickly turned into a duel between Ko and Pettersen, after overnight leader Mika Miyazato bogeyed the first hole and dropped out of contention with a five-over-par front nine. Ko pulled ahead on the first hole, but Pettersen birdied the second and maintained her lead.
Pettersen, who won the 2007 LPGA Championship, already had three wins this season - one on the LET and two on the LPGA – not to mention her solid performance as a member of Europe’s winning Solheim Cup team. The Evian, which was her 19th career victory, capped a tremendous five weeks for the World No.3 and she is projected to move to second on the Rolex Rankings.
Pettersen said: “It was definitely worth waiting a while for this one, a major! I was actually a bit nervous coming down the stretch but on 18 I said to Brian [Dilley, her caddie