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Pettersen breaks winless streak with Manulife LPGA Classic title

Suzann Pettersen hadn’t won an LPGA event since October 2013 when she entered the Manulife LPGA Classic. She broke that streak Sunday for her 15th career LPGA title.

Pettersen closed with a 3-under 69 in windy conditions for a one-stroke victory over Brittany Lang. Pettersen birdied two of her final three holes at Whistle Bear Golf Club, the first-year venue after three seasons at Grey Silo in Waterloo, to seal the deal. She finished 72 holes at 22 under.

Pettersen blasted out of a greenside bunker to 2 feet on the par-5 16th to set up a birdie that tied Lang for the lead, then hit a 5-iron to 8 feet for another birdie on the 191-yard, par-3 17th. The 34-year-old Norwegian parred the par-4 18th, hitting her long first putt to a foot.

With this victory, Pettersen is projected to jump from 10th to fifth in the Rolex Ranking.

Lang, the winner of the inaugural tournament in 2012 at Grey Silo, finished with a 65. She birdied Nos. 15-17 and closed with a par.

After playing bogey-free the first three rounds, Petersen dropped strokes Sunday on Nos. 2 and 5. She rallied with birdies on Nos. 8-9, eagled the par-5 12th, and gave a shot back with a bogey on the par-4 13th.

Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe was third at 18 under after a final-round 72.

Cristie Kerr bogeyed the final four holes for a 73 to drop into a tie for fourth at 16 under.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko tied for 27th at 10 under after a 71. Canadian sisters Brooke and Brittany Henderson missed the cut.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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