On Sunday, Suzann Pettersen suffered through her worst round of the Manulife LPGA Classic, but was able to pull it together and win the tournament.
Put on the clock due to slow play and behind Brittany Lang by one shot with only three to play, Pettersen drained a pair of putts for birdies on 16 and 17, prior to recording a par on the 18th to win by one stroke with a 22-under par total at the Whistle Bear Golf Club.
Pettersen’s round of 69 was the highest score of her four rounds at the tournament and she was still able to manage to hold Lang off. Lang finished with a 7-under 65 and a total of 21-under par.
Pettersen had shot three rounds of bogey-free golf prior to her Sunday 3-under round. Previous to her win on Sunday, Pettersen’s best finish at the tournament was in 2013 when she was sixth.
Pettersen was two shots down from where she began her round on Sunday after just her first five holes. However, her round was jump-started following a birdie on eight.
She then was able to eagle 12, which she said “changed the momentum” for her.
Lang led by a shot when she finished her day, recording eight birdies in the final round with a single bogey. She birdied three of her final four holes to overtake third round leader Pettersen.
Lang was practicing her putting in case of playoff when Pettersen stormed back to victory.
Both Cristie Kerr and Mariago Uribe trailed Pettersen two strokes and one stroke respectively following three rounds, but faded during the final round. Uribe, who is Colombian, shot an even par 72 on the day to finish 18-under for third place. Kerr shot a 73 1-over par to finish 16-under and dropped to fourth with Jacqui Concolino, Ryu So-yeon and Minjee Lee.
The victory was the first on tour for Pettersen since October of 2013 when she won the Sunrise Taiwan LPGA Championship. It was the fifth consecutive time she won when leading an event after 36 holes.
World No. 1 Lydia Ko finished at 10-under, in 27th place following a final round 71.