Closing par gives Rinker win in Legends Tour Open

Laurie Rinker during the 2005 LPGA Women's World Match Play Championship.

Laurie Rinker during the 2005 LPGA Women's World Match Play Championship.

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Laurie Rinker won the season-ending Legends Tour Open on Sunday, parring the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Trish Johnson, Lorie Kane and Barb Mucha.

After opening with a 6-under 67 to take a three-stroke lead, the 51-year-old Rinker had a 74 on Sunday to finish at 5-under 141 on Innisbrook Resort's Island Course. She earned $30,000.

"It's hard to play when your stomach is in your throat," said Rinker, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour.

"I actually started out good on the front and was doing really well, but a couple holes before the turn I started choking up a little bit. I hit two poor shots that I can say were because I was nervous."

Mucha had a 69, and Johnson and Kane shot 72.

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