EVIAN, France: Suzann Pettersen made it back-to-back wins on the LPGA Tour and collected her second major after she held off a determined challenge from 16-year-old amateur Lydia Ko at the Evian Championship.
The 32-year-old Norwegian, winner of the Safeway Classic in Oregon two weeks ago, shot a final round 68 for 10 under par 203 in a Championship that had major status for a first time but had to be reduced to 54 holes due to weather problems.
Pettersen received a cheque for 350,000 euros and finished two ahead of second place Ko, who closed with a 70 for eight under.
“It’s great to win another major and this one has definitely been well worth waiting for,” said Pettersen.
“I was actually really nervous coming down the stretch and even nearly played up short at the 18th (a par four over water). But I said to my caddie I had to go for it and it worked out.”
New Zealand’s Ko, already a four time winner, was one off the lead overnight but led on her own after she nearly holed her second shot and had an easy birdie three at the opening hole. AFP