Ariya takes third at LPGA Hawaii
KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- Suzann Pettersen won the LPGA Tour's Lotte Championship on Saturday, beating Lizette Salas with a par on the first hole of a playoff after Salas chunked her approach shot into the water.
- Published: 21/04/2013 at 09:26 AM
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Ariya Jutanugarn hits a tee shot during the final round of the LPGA tournament in Hawaii on Sunday (Thailand time). She finished third and won the equivalent of 3.2 million baht. (AP photo)
Thai teenager Ariya Jutanugarn finished third, shooting two excellent rounds on Friday and Saturday which could not quite make up for Thursday's horrendous 75.
Ariya fired 66 on Saturday to finish six under par for the tournament, four strokes behind Pettersen and Salas.
For the third place finish, Ariya earned $113,075, or a little over 3.2 million baht.
The tournament showed a resilient side of the 18-year-old and drew positive comments from other golfers and spectators.
Pettersen, the leader after the second and third rounds at Ko Olina, bogeyed the final hole of regulation to set up the playoff on the par-4 18th. The 32-year-old Norwegian closed with a 5-under 67, and Salas had a tournament-record 62 to finish at 19-under 269.
Salas played a nine-hole stretch in 9 under, birdieing Nos. 8-9, holing out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 10th and adding birdies on Nos. 12-16. She had a double-bogey on the playoff hole.
The 23-year-old American was coming off a devastating collapse two weeks ago in the Kraft Nabisco Championship when she closed with a 79 to tie for 25th after beginning the final round three strokes behind playing partner and eventual winner Inbee Park.
Pettersen won her 11th LPGA Tour title. She had consecutive LPGA Tour victories late last season in South Korea and Taiwan and won a Ladies European Tour event last month in China.
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