Hjorth’s four-shot rally steals Navistar

ASSOCIATED PRESS

PRATTVILLE, Ala. – Maria Hjorth made a long birdie putt on the 17th hole and held on for her first LPGA win since 1999 Sunday at the Navistar LPGA Classic, denying Lorena Ochoa’s bid for a fourth consecutive victory.

Hjorth shot a final-day 5-under-par 67 for a 14-under 274 at Capitol Hill’s Senator Course, passing both Ochoa and Stacy Prammanasudh.

The Swede drained the 20-plus foot putt from well into the fringe above the green on the par-5 17th to take sole possession of the lead for the first time while Prammanasudh made par and Ochoa moved within a stroke of the lead with her own birdie.

Prammanasudh finished one stroke back.

Ochoa was trying to become the first to mount a streak of four straight victories since Annika Sorenstam did it in 2004-05. Sorenstam and Nancy Lopez hold the record with five wins in a row in tournaments they competed in.

The Mexican finished with a three-putt for bogey to finish two strokes back with a last-day 73.

“It’s life, and it’s golf,” said Ochoa, who tied for third with rookie Angela Park. “The first time it was three in a row then you win four, five or six. There’s nothing else I can do except give myself another chance. Hopefully I can start another streak next week.”

Hjorth hadn’t won on the LPGA Tour since picking up two victories in 1999, but she had finished second at the Women’s British Open in August and kept close to Ochoa and Prammanasudh – who finished second at 13-under – throughout the last day.

“I was hoping for them not to run away too much,” Hjorth said.

She opened the final round four strokes behind Ochoa and three short of Prammanasudh, and each of them were in the last group. The long-driving Hjorth had an eagle on the fifth hole, sinking a 30-footer, and added birdies on the other three par-5 holes.

“She’s hard to catch,” Hjorth, who had a bogey-free round, said of Ochoa. “She always plays so solid and I knew she could all of a sudden make four or five birdies.”

Prammanasudh sent a 20-foot birdie putt just left of the hole on 18, capping a 71 round and unable to force a playoff.

“I hit a good putt,” Prammanasudh said. “I just didn’t see it going left at the end. But I gave a good effort and I certainly can’t be upset about things.”

Park finished with a final-day 63, while Karrie Webb was fifth at 10 under, ending with a 68.

Amy Hung and Park both matched the low round of the tournament with closing 63s. Park birdied the final two holes to match Ochoa in third while Karrie Webb (10 under) was fifth and Hung (9 under) came in sixth.

Now, Park said she would take a little time off before preparing for the Samsung World Championship.

“I was dying to try to get into (that event) and I’m glad that I’m in,” she said. “It’s been a very, very pleasant experience.”

Ochoa had grabbed a one-stroke edge when Prammanasudh bogeyed the final hole on Saturday, and had picked up five of her six wins this year when carrying a lead into the final round.

Hjorth birdied the par-5 10th to finally catch the front-runners for a three-way tie at 13-under.

Ochoa had three bogeys after that.

Final scores with earnings and relation to par from the Navistar LPGA Classic, played Sept. 27-30 at the par-72,6,632-yard Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill (SenatorCourse) in Prattville, Ala.:

  1. Maria Hjorth $195,000
    70-67-70-67--274

    -14 2. Stacy Prammanasudh 116,375
    63-68-73-71--275

    -13 3. Angela Park 74,864
    72-68-73-63--276

    -12 3. Lorena Ochoa 74,864
    66-68-69-73--276

    -12 5. Karrie Webb 52,563
    70-71-69-68--278

    -10 6. Amy Hung 43,008
    73-73-70-63--279

    -9 7. Hye Jung Choi 33,769
    70-68-74-68--280

    -8 7. Angela Stanford 33,769
    69-74-65-72--280

    -8 9. Teresa Lu 27,079
    70-70-72-69--281

    -7 9. Nicole Castrale 27,079
    73-66-70-72--281

    -7 11. Suzann Pettersen 23,096
    71-67-74-70--282

    -6 11. Eva Dahllof 23,096
    71-74-66-71--282

    -6 13. Il Mi Chung 18,605
    71-71-71-70--283

    -5 13. Jimin Kang 18,605
    70-69-73-71--283

    -5 13. Janice Moodie 18,605
    69-69-73-72--283

    -5 13. Meaghan Francella 18,605
    70-69-72-72--283

    -5 13. Lisa Fernandes 18,605
    69-71-70-73--283

    -5 18. Dorothy Delasin 15,801
    70-72-73-69--284

    -4 19. Lorie Kane 15,164
    69-74-70-72--285

    -3 20. Wendy Ward 14,399
    70-69-73-74--286

    -2 20. Karine Icher 14,399
    71-71-70-74--286

    -2 22. Jee Young Lee 13,125
    69-72-76-70--287

    -1 22. Tracy Hanson 13,125
    69-75-74-69--287

    -1 22. Sherri Turner 13,125
    73-72-74-68--287

    -1 25. Rachel Hetherington 11,277
    73-71-73-71--288

    E 25. Sun Young Yoo 11,277
    72-69-74-73--288

    E 25. Seon Hwa Lee 11,277
    71-71-71-75--288

    E 25. Giulia Sergas 11,277
    70-73-68-77--288

    E 25. Lindsey Wright 11,277
    67-68-75-78--288

    E 30. Christina Kim 8,713
    70-70-75-74--289
    + 1 30. Linda Wessberg 8,713
    72-74-69-74--289
    + 1 30. Ji-Young Oh 8,713
    76-69-69-75--289
    + 1 30. Minea Blomqvist 8,713
    73-71-70-75--289
    + 1 30. Jamie Hullett 8,713
    70-71-72-76--289
    + 1 30. Na On Min 8,713
    72-71-76-70--289
    + 1 30. Young Kim 8,713
    71-69-72-77--289
    + 1 30. V. Nirapathpongporn 8,713
    67-70-70-82--289
    + 1 38. Leta Lindley 6,145
    71-72-73-74--290
    + 2 38. Marcy Hart 6,145
    74-68-74-74--290
    + 2 38. Charlotte Mayorkas 6,145
    72-72-73-73--290
    + 2 38. Morgan Pressel 6,145
    74-72-72-72--290
    + 2 38. Katherine Hull 6,145
    73-71-71-75--290
    + 2 38. Jin Young Pak 6,145
    70-69-79-72--290
    + 2 38. Sarah Huarte 6,145
    70-72-71-77--290
    + 2 38. Mhairi McKay 6,145
    73-67-73-77--290
    + 2 38. Sarah Lee 6,145
    71-72-69-78--290
    + 2 47. Meg Mallon 4,588
    76-68-72-75--291
    + 3 47. Kyeong Bae 4,588
    71-67-77-76--291
    + 3 47. Aram Cho 4,588
    74-72-72-73--291
    + 3 47. Diana D'Alessio 4,588
    69-74-71-77--291
    + 3 47. Alena Sharp 4,588
    73-72-74-72--291
    + 3 47. Danielle Downey 4,588
    68-76-77-70--291
    + 3 53. Karin Sjodin 3,823
    77-69-71-75--292
    + 4 53. Brittany Lang 3,823
    73-72-73-74--292
    + 4 53. Karen Stupples 3,823
    69-75-74-74--292
    + 4 53. Inbee Park 3,823
    71-72-75-74--292
    + 4 53. Reilley Rankin 3,823
    73-73-74-72--292
    + 4 58. Song-Hee Kim 3,313
    73-71-73-76--293
    + 5 58. Kristy McPherson 3,313
    73-73-70-77--293
    + 5 58. Heather Daly-Donofrio 3,313
    70-73-76-74--293
    + 5 61. Sherri Steinhauer 3,090
    75-70-73-77--295
    + 7 61. Aree Song 3,090
    71-74-76-74--295
    + 7 63. Kris Tamulis 2,899
    73-73-73-77--296
    + 8 63. Irene Cho 2,899
    69-73-78-76--296
    + 8 63. Brooke Tull 2,899
    73-72-76-75--296
    + 8 63. Kelli Kuehne 2,899
    73-72-77-74--296
    + 8 67. Paige Mackenzie 2,618
    73-70-74-80--297
    + 9 67. Miriam Nagl 2,618
    72-73-75-77--297
    + 9 67. Nicole Jeray 2,618
    73-71-77-76--297
    + 9 67. Simi Mehra 2,618
    73-72-78-74--297
    + 9 67. Michelle McGann 2,618
    69-76-78-74--297
    + 9 72. Moira Dunn 2,453
    70-72-78-78--298
    + 10 72. Stephanie Louden 2,453
    73-72-79-74--298
    + 10 72. Meena Lee 2,453
    69-77-79-73--298
    + 10 75. Mikaela Parmlid 2,330
    71-75-74-79--299
    + 11 75. Dina Ammaccapane 2,330
    72-72-76-79--299
    + 11 75. Becky Lucidi 2,330
    73-70-77-79--299
    + 11 75. Yu Ping Lin 2,330
    75-71-76-77--299
    + 11 75. Kelly Cap 2,330
    71-75-77-76--299
    + 11 80. Sarah Lynn Sargent 2,227
    74-72-78-76--300
    + 12 80. Heather Young 2,227
    73-72-79-76--300
    + 12 82. Jacqueline Yang 2,184
    70-74-78-79--301
    + 13 83. Cindy Pasechnik 2,156
    75-71-80-76--302
    + 14 84. Johanna Head 2,129
    75-71-78-79--303
    + 15 • • •





    Missed the cut





    85. Kim Williams

    73-74--147
    + 3 85. Yeon Joo Lee

    76-71--147
    + 3 85. Jennifer Gleason

    78-69--147
    + 3 85. Carri Wood

    76-71--147
    + 3 85. Beth Bader

    73-74--147
    + 3 85. Nancy Scranton

    68-79--147
    + 3 85. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc

    74-73--147
    + 3 85. Joanne Morley

    71-76--147
    + 3 85. Jill McGill

    71-76--147
    + 3 85. Vicki Goetze-Ackerman

    75-72--147
    + 3 85. Kim Saiki-Maloney

    75-72--147
    + 3 96. Clarissa Childs

    73-75--148
    + 4 96. Soo Young Moon

    73-75--148
    + 4 96. Erica Blasberg

    74-74--148
    + 4 96. Julieta Granada

    73-75--148
    + 4 96. Carin Koch

    71-77--148
    + 4 96. Laura Diaz

    71-77--148
    + 4 96. Soo-Yun Kang

    73-75--148
    + 4 96. Meredith Duncan

    73-75--148
    + 4 104. Wendy Doolan

    75-74--149
    + 5 104. Allison Hanna-Williams

    72-77--149
    + 5 104. Nina Reis

    74-75--149
    + 5 104. Sophie Giquel

    72-77--149
    + 5 108. Gloria Park

    73-77--150
    + 6 108. In-Kyung Kim

    76-74--150
    + 6 108. Birdie Kim

    73-77--150
    + 6 108. Maggie Will

    77-73--150
    + 6 108. Na Ri Kim

    77-73--150
    + 6 108. Jane Park

    76-74--150
    + 6 114. Kristina Tucker

    77-74--151
    + 7 114. Becky Morgan

    76-75--151
    + 7 114. Sung Ah Yim

    77-74--151
    + 7 114. Beth Allen

    80-71--151
    + 7 114. Michelle Ellis

    74-77--151
    + 7 119. Katie Futcher

    77-75--152
    + 8 119. Brittany Lincicome

    73-79--152
    + 8 119. Jennifer Rosales

    75-77--152
    + 8 119. Liselotte Neumann

    75-77--152
    + 8 123. Celeste Troche

    79-74--153
    + 9 123. Natalie Tucker

    82-71--153
    + 9 123. Christa Johnson

    75-78--153
    + 9 123. Kim Brozer

    75-78--153
    + 9 123. Siew-Ai Lim

    78-75--153
    + 9 123. Kate Golden

    75-78--153
    + 9 129. Barb Mucha

    76-78--154
    + 10 129. Kristen Samp

    78-76--154
    + 10 129. Kim Hall

    79-75--154
    + 10 129. Christi Cano

    72-82--154
    + 10 133. Angela Jerman

    78-77--155
    + 11 133. Sae-Hee Son

    80-75--155
    + 11 135. Riko Higashio

    79-77--156
    + 12 135. Young Jo

    79-77--156
    + 12 135. Jenna Daniels

    79-77--156
    + 12 138. Ai Miyazato

    79-79--158
    + 14 139. A.J. Eathorne

    81-78--159
    + 15 139. Dawn Coe-Jones

    78-81--159
    + 15 141. Jeanne Cho-Hunicke

    83-77--160
    + 16 141. L. Walker-Cooper

    79-81--160
    + 16 143. Diane Irvin

    86-79--165
    + 21 143. Lisa Ferrero

    78-87--165
    + 21 DNS. Grace Park





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