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Golf Australia Express : Issue 8
THEWORDS “out of contention” clearly mean nothing to Suzann Pettersen. Nine shots back on the final day of the Safeway Classic? No worries. Pettersen started her round on Sunday in a tie for 16th at one over, seemingly with a chance of scraping into the top 10 if she had a good day. But four hours later the $225,000 winner’s cheque was within her grasp as she signed for a seven-under 64— the lowest score of the tournament—but had to wait an agonising two hours to see if anyone could better her three-round score of six-under. While her front nine was flawless, it was the home stretch where she really unleashed, eagling the par-5 10th and making three more birdies without a blemish to card a round seven shots to the better of her Saturday effort. The heartbreak story was Korean Na Yeon Choi, who all but had the title wrapped up with a three- shot lead heading into the final round. The only challenger within spitting distance was American Stacy Lewis at five- under, and even she quickly fell away with bogeys at the first two holes. But still Choi couldn’t close it out, making three bogeys on the front nine and another two to go with her three back nine birdies to fall back to six-under and into a tie with the rampaging Norwegian. It took just one sudden- death playoff hole to achieve the inevitable result, with Choi punching out yet another bogey to complete a remarkable 10- shot turnaround and lose the seemingly unloseable. Pettersen has endured her fair share of off-course pain this season, with a bombing and mass shooting claiming 77 lives in her hometown of Oslo. And then two days before this tournament a close family friend was killed while skydiving. Pettersen said the two tragedies had put things into perspective. “It’s been a brutal summer,” she said after the win. “It’s, like I said, it’s been very, very tough. All I can think of ismyloveandmyhugsgoto [my friend’s] family and his wife and his little son. It’s just very, very sad.” “It makes you realise life’s not all about golf.” OTG “IT’S BEEN A BRUTAL SUMMER... IT’S BEEN VERY, VERY TOUGH. ” — Norway’s Suzann Pettersen puts her Safeway Classic win into perspective WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE LPGA TOUR WRAP THE FINAL STANDINGS 1 SUZANN PETTERSEN NOR -6 $225,000 2 NA YEON CHOI KOR -6 $135,702 3 HEE YOUNG PARK KOR -5 $98,442 4 PAULA CREAMER USA -4 $76,153 T5 VICKY HURST USA -3 $55,722 T5 RYANN O’TOOLE USA -3 $55,722 7 BRITTANY LANG USA -2 $41,977 T8 AI MIYAZATO JPN -1 $34,920 T8 STAC Y LEWIS USA -1 $34,920 T10 ALISON WALSHE USA E $27,984 T10 SARAH KEMP AUS E $27,984 T10 GERINA PILLER USA E $27,984 STORMING HOME