Pettersen wins Sybase Match Play Championship

Suzann Pettersen

Suzann Pettersen

GLADSTONE, N.J. — Suzann Pettersen beat Cristie Kerr 1-up to win the Sybase Match Play Championship on Sunday, ending a 20-month victory drought.

Leading 1-up and with Kerr facing a 10-foot birdie attempt, Pettersen curled in a left to-right 15-footer for birdie to seal the victory at Hamilton Farm Golf Club.

The 30-year-old Norwegian star immediately thrust both hands skyward in celebration, took a few steps and staggered to her knees in exhaustion after playing four rounds over the last two days. She quickly got up and gave a thumbs up and exhaled.

Pettersen never trailed in the match in winning for the first time since the Canadian Women's Open in September 2009, and for the seventh time in her LPGA Tour career.

It also ended a run of seconditis. The No. 3 ranked woman finished second six times last year and 12 times since 2007, a year she won five times, including the LPGA Championship.

The No. 4 Kerr had her putter to blame for failing to win for the 15th time on tour. She missed four putts of less than 10 feet — all for hole victories.

However, she also made a 3-foot par save on No. 16 to keep the match alive and a 10-footer for birdie on the next hole to cut Pettersen's lead to 1-up.

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