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Suzann Pettersen coasts to nine shot win

Norway's Suzann Pettersen recorded a resounding nine stroke victory at the SAS Masters on home soil at Losby Golf Club.

The 26-year-old Solheim Cup star, who is sixth in the Rolex World Rankings, began as the favourite at the golf course, which is nestled in a scenic valley on the northern tip of Oslo's forest to the east known as Østmarka.

She proved the bookies right by posting a course record eight-under-par 64 in the first round to take a four stroke lead in the 54-hole Ladies European Tour event.

After playing to par in windy conditions in the second round, she entered the final round with a five stroke lead and eventually won with a total of 12-under par after a final round 68.

“It's been a fantastic year and my third win of the year at home, I couldn't ask for more. It feels great and it was nice to actually play well today and shoot my numbers,” she said.

“ I've been in my own bubble all week and it's been working well. I just try to complete the mission; not to get too excited at the end and not actually knowing what the total score was so it was fun.

“Coming home and you can give something back to Norwegian golfers. The juniors come and learn and hopefully we will get more juniors playing.” She also promised to come back and defend her title in 2008.

Testament to the challenge of the course and conditions was the fact that only three other players scored below par in the tournament.

Australia's Nikki Garrett, who won the Tenerife and Spanish Ladies Opens in May, finished outright second on three-under-par after a 71. Meanwhile Pettersen's playing partner Anja Monke of Germany and Italy's Diana Luna tied for third on one-under after they both carded 74.

It was Pettersen's third victory of the year and her fourth career win in total. She won the Michelob Ultra on the LPGA Tour in May followed by her first major championship at the McDonald's LPGA Championship in June. It was her second victory on the LET after her first career win at the Ladies French Open in 2001, her rookie year.

Her nine shot victory was the biggest winning margin on the LET in 2007. Gwladys Nocera of France previously held the record having won the KLM Ladies Open in the Netherlands by seven strokes.

“I think I got a lot out of my game. I got my putter working again so that's really nice, especially with The Solheim coming up. I'm really pleased,” Pettersen added.

She began to extend her lead early on with two birdies on the front nine to move to ten-under-par for the tournament and she was eight strokes ahead of Italy's Diana Luna at the turn.

She two-putted from 25 feet at the par-five third hole to move to nine-under, before hitting her approach shot pin high to five feet at the par-five fifth and rolling in the birdie putt.

She posted back-to-back birdies at the 11 th and 12 th holes establishing a 10 stroke advantage over three players on 12-under before bogeying the tough par-four 15 th . A further birdie at the 17 th moved her back to 12-under-par before she finished with a regulation par at the last.

Pettersen will remain in Norway for the next two weeks, before playing in her next tournament, The Solheim Cup at Halmstad Golfklubb in Sweden, from 14-16 September.

“I'm really looking forward to it,” she enthused. “I'll do my best, come down there and be in form. I'll do my best and give whatever I can give to the team and try and pull the team to a victory. That would be very nice. It's actually the week you look forward to the most out of the year so it's going to be sweet.”

Garrett, who recorded her best finish since May, said: “We were playing for second today really, with Suzann being so far in front. I am happy just to shoot under par again.

“I have been struggling in a way, and I wanted to have a good finish before I go back to Australia and prepare for the LPGA Qualifying School. I feel like my game's getting better and I'm striking the ball like I usually do, so that always helps.”

 

SAS Masters, Losby Golf Club, Oslo, Norway

24-16 August 2007

Final scoreboard:

204  - Suzann Pettersen (NOR) 64 72 68

213  - Nikki Garrett (AUS) 69 73 71

215  - Diana Luna (ITA) 69 72 74, Anja Monke (GER) 68 73 74

217  - Jade Schaeffer (FRA) 69 79 69

218  - Anna Tybring (SWE) 72 74 72, Johanna Westerberg (SWE) 72 73 73

219  - Sandra Gal (Am) (GER) 71 76 72, Joanne Mills (AUS) 72 74 73, Martina Eberl (GER) 75 70 74

220  - Lynn Brooky (NZ) 71 78 71, Sophie Walker (ENG) 73 76 71, Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (FRA) 75 72 73, Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 69 75 76

221  - Sara Beautell (ESP) 73 78 70, Nienke Nijenhuis (NL) 75 75 71, Rebecca Hudson (ENG) 74 76 71, Rebecca Coakley (IRE) 71 78 72, Christine Hallstrom (SWE) 71 76 74, Hanna-Leena Salonen (FIN) 73 72 76, Titiya Plucksataporn (THA) 72 72 77

222  - Lisa Jean (AUS) 77 74 71, Amanda Moltke-Leth (DEN) 72 78 72, Ana Larraneta (ESP) 72 77 73, Mette Buus (DEN) 75 74 73, Eva Steinberger (AUT) 72 76 74, Danielle Masters (ENG) 70 78 74

223  - Felicity Johnson (ENG) 74 78 71, Nicole Gergely (AUT) 72 76 75, Asa Gottmo (SWE) 73 75 75, Georgina Simpson (ENG) 70 78 75, Jehanne Jail (FRA) 71 77 75, Stefanie Michl (AUT) 74 74 75

224  - Sarah Heath (ENG) 76 76 72, Ludivine Kreutz (FRA) 74 77 73, Cherie Byrnes (AUS) 75 76 73, Maria Boden (SWE) 71 80 73, Sophie Sandolo (ITA) 77 74 73, Leah Hart (AUS) 75 75 74, Stephanie Arricau (FRA) 74 75 75, Lotta Wahlin (SWE) 73 76 75, Marta Prieto (ESP) 71 76 77

225  - Margherita Rigon (ITA) 72 75 78

226  - Cassandra Kirkland (FRA) 74 78 74, Anna Rawson (AUS) 78 73 75, Laurette Maritz (SA) 74 77 75, Karen Lunn (AUS) 75 74 77

227  - Karen-Margrethe Juul (DEN) 73 79 75, Mianne Bagger (DEN) 77 73 77, Tania Elosegui (ESP) 74 76 77

228  - Zuzana Kamasova (SVK) 74 78 76, Elisabeth Esterl (GER) 76 76 76

229  - Fame More (ENG) 74 78 77, Jenni Kuosa (FIN) 71 81 77

230  - Rikke Rasmussen (DEN) 79 72 79, Sarah Nicholson (NZ) 77 73 80

231  - Maria Beautell (ESP) 79 72 80

232  - Dottie Ardina (Am) (PHI) 74 78 80, Jo Clingan (ENG) 76 73 83

233  - Kris Lindstrom (USA) 74 76 83

234  - Julie Berton (FRA) 72 79 83

RTD  - Shelley McKevitt (ENG) 74 78 RTD

 




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