YANGMEI, Taiwan — Suzann Pettersen shot a 3-under 69 Sunday and held off a furious rally from Azahara Munoz to win her second consecutive Taiwan Sunrise LPGA championship.
Pettersen finished at 9-under 279, beating Munoz by five shots. The Spaniard had a final-round 70.
Pettersen birdied Nos. 13, 14 and 18 to pull away after her bogey on the par-5 No. 9 allowed Munoz to close within one stroke.
Earlier, Munoz had birdies on Nos. 4, 7 and 8, to continue her strong run of play from Saturday’s round, when her 3-under 69 put her in competition for the first time. She went on to birdie the 12th before bogeys on Nos. 13 and 16 allowed Pettersen to pull away.
Despite falling short, Munoz expressed satisfaction with her play.
“I was 4 under through 12 holes, and I was really playing really well,” she said. “I made two bogeys coming in but I hit two really good shots and one came up short and one came up long, just misjudged the wind a little bit but I played really well.”
By winning the $2 million Taiwan event, Pettersen puts herself in strong position to challenge South Korea’s Ingbee Park for the overall 2013 LPGA crown, with two tournaments remaining. Park did not compete in Taiwan.
Caroline Hedwall finshed third at 286 after a 70 in the final round.
A big disappointment for the local crowd was the inconsistent play of Taiwan’s Yani Tseng, the 2011 Sunrise champion and former LPGA No. 1. Tseng’s poor play on Thursday and Friday effectively took her out of contention, and she finished 10 over for the tournament, 19 strokes off the pace.