Anna Nordqvist wins first LPGA title since 2009
Sunday, February 23, 2014
CHONBURI, Thailand – Anna Nordqvist of Sweden ended a five-year victory drought when she beat defending champion Inbee Park of South Korea by two strokes to win the LPGA Thailand at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course on Sunday.
Nordqvist, who held the lead for the last three days, shot a final-round 68 for a 15-under 273, to edge Park, who carded a final-round 66 for an aggregate 13-under 275.
The victory was the third LPGA title for Nordqvist, who also won the 2009 LPGA Championship and the '09 LPGA Tour Championship.
"It's been awhile, but I'm just so happy to finally break through again," Nordqvist said. "Inbee kept pushing me at the end. I just really had to stay strong. Had a rough first couple holes, but kept playing good on the back. Just unbelievable to get that win again."
Nordqvist, whose form dipped dramatically in 2013, gave much of the credit to new coach Jorge Parada of Spain.
"I have to thank my family and friends and coach for keeping pushing me through the good and bad times," Nordqvist said. "They really inspired me and believed in me, no matter what. And here I am sitting here with the trophy."
Catriona Matthew of Scotland shot a second consecutive 65 to finish third at 277. American Michelle Wie, who was tied for second after three rounds, closed with 69 to finish fourth at 278.
Former champion Yani Tseng, with a 68, was joint fifth along with the American trio of Gerina Piller, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson and Paraguayan Julieta Granada, who all finished at 279.