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    Pettersen tops Safeway Classic as Tseng fumbles

    Sep 2, 2013
    Norway’s Suzann Pettersen scores her 12th LPGA Tour victory. AP

    PORTLAND, Oregon — Suzann Pettersen won the Safeway Classic for the second time in three years Sunday (Monday, Manila time), taking advantage of playing partner Yani Tseng's final-round collapse at Columbia Edgewater.

    Three strokes behind leader Tseng entering the round, the third-ranked Pettersen closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over second-ranked Stacy Lewis.

    Pettersen finished at 20-under 268 for her 12th LPGA Tour victory. The 32-year-old Norwegian also won the LPGA Lotte in Hawaii in April and won a Ladies European Tour event in March in China. She won the 2011 tournament at Pumpkin Ridge.

    "I felt like this was a good bounce back from last week when I kind of screwed it up on the last day," said Pettersen, who finished eight strokes behind winner Lydia Ko in the Canadian Women's Open after beginning the final round a shot back.

    "I tried to give myself chances. Once I got going I felt like I made a lot of clutch putts. I guess that's what made me win today. The putter was a good friend of mine."

    Tseng followed her third-round 63 with a 78 to tie for ninth at 12 under. The Taiwanese star, a 15-time winner on the tour who had a 109-week run at No. 1 in the world ranking, is winless in 37 events since the Kia Classic in March 2012.

    Lewis, a three-time winner this year, shot a 68.

    "It was a little frustrating. I played really good, though, so I can't be upset," Lewis said. "A lot of those putts I hit exactly where I wanted to and they just didn't go in. A bogey-free tournament I've never done before, so I keep checking things off the list."

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    Lizette Salas was third at 17 under after a 69, and 2008 champion Cristie Kerr was another stroke back after a 69.

    For Pettersen, the Safeway victory capped an emotional three-week period. It started with Solheim Cup, where Pettersen helped Europe rout the United States in Parker, Colorado.

    "Seems like Portland is a good stop for me," Pettersen said. "Seems like I always play well here. This was a good finish to a solid three-week stretch for me."

    A key point during Pettersen's final round was her response after hitting a poor 8-iron at the par-3 second hole that led to a double bogey.

    "I felt like an amateur, to be honest. That was a disaster of a hole," Pettersen said. "I decided before I went out (Sunday) just not to have too many reactions, good or bad. I knew there were birdies out there if you really get it going."

    Pettersen quickly with a birdie on the par-4 third that started a stretch where she birdied five of the next six holes and eight of 11. She made an 18-foot birdie putt at the par-3 eighth to overtake Lewis for the lead, curled in a five-footer for birdie on the par-5 10th and made a 25-footer from off the green on the par-4 11th.

    Pettersen opened up a four-stroke lead with an eight-foot birdie putt on the par-3 No. 13. She ran into trouble at the 175-yard, par-3 16th, following a short tee shot with a poor chip. But she minimized the damage when her next chip rolled within three feet to set up a bogey-saving putt.

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    The Norwegian said she didn't know she had a three-stroke lead on the 16th tee.

    "It was a pretty bad swing. Even worse chip. But it was a good 4," Pettersen said.

    Pettersen closed out the tournament with two pars.

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    Norway’s Suzann Pettersen scores her 12th LPGA Tour victory. AP
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