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Juli Inkster claims title with closing 67

Battling wind and rain, Hall of Famer Juli Inkster overcame a four-stroke deficit to win the Safeway International on Sunday.

The 45-year-old Inkster won her 31st career LPGA Tour title and first since 2003. She shot a 5-under 67 to finish at 15-under 273, two strokes ahead of Sarah Lee (73).

Lee, who had led since the last hole of the second round, double-bogeyed the par-4 14th hole to allow Inkster to take a one-stroke lead.

Inkster bogeyed the 16th to drop back into a tie, but Inkster locked up the victory with a birdie on the par-5 18th as Lee was bogeying the 17th. Inkster chipped out of the rough to 2 feet to set up the birdie putt.

Lee, who had eagled the 18th two days earlier, missed another eagle when her chip shot rolled past the cup to seal Inkster's victory.

Aree Song (73) finished third at 12-under 276.

Weather played havoc with the final round. At about 9:30 a.m., hail began to fall and play was suspended for nearly 2 hours. Clouds shrouded the nearby Superstition Mountains, leaving a dusting of snow near the crown. Down on the course, temperatures dipped into the mid-40s, some 40 degrees lower than normal in the Valley of the Sun.

The final group's tee time was pushed to 2:04 p.m. from 12:14. The 18th hole was played under the glare of hastily erected spotlights.

Annika Sorenstam, the two-time defending Safeway International champion, shot a 6-under 66 to finish at 281.



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