Norway’s Suzann Pettersen carded a final-round, one-under par 70 to win the 2009 CN Canadian Women’s Open at Priddis Greens in Calgary.
The 28-year old Norwegian has had 19 top 10 finishes, including six runner-up finishes, since she claimed her last win on the LPGA Tour in 2007.
“At least, I can have a bigger trophy,” joked Pettersen, who finished the tournament at 15-under.
“This feels absolutely great. I’ve been playing very good since 2007. I gave myself a lot of chances to win tournaments, and like I’ve been saying, if you put yourself in position often enough, you’ll figure out how to close the deal.”
Heading into Sunday’s action, Pettersen maintained a five-stroke lead over Angela Stanford and a six-stroke lead over LPGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb.
“You never feel safe,” added Pettersen. “I had a five or six shot lead at one time on the back nine, but when you’re playing against good players, everything is possible.
“You’ve just got to make sure you stay on top of what you do and try to keep hitting aggressive shots.”
Pettersen earned $412,500, her share of the $2.75 million (U.S.) purse. She now sits second on the LPGA Tour money list with $1,294,810, second only to Cristie Kerr who has $1,360,786 in 2009 season earnings.
“This is obviously the tournament to win,” added Pettersen. “It’s a huge tournament money wise, field wise and also among us players. The CN (Canadian Women’s Open) is one of our biggest tournaments.”
Five players finished tied for second five shots back at 10-under par, including Momoko Ueda, Morgan Pressel, Ai Miyazato, Angela Stanford and Webb.
Norway’s Suzann Pettersen is in great position for her first win on the LPGA Tour since 2007.
Pettersen, who has nine top-10s this year including a runner-up finish at last week’s Safeway Classic, holds a five shot lead over Angela Stanford going into the final round of the CN Canadian Women’s Open at Priddis Greens near Calgary, which had been offering lights-out golf the first two rounds.
Pettersen, the 2007 winner of the McDonald’s LPGA Championship, shot a five-under 66 on Saturday and almost took take a six-stroke lead into the final round until Stanford registered an eagle on the final hole for a 69. Petterson was at 14-under with Stanford at nine-under.
Karrie Webb, who won the Canadian event the last time it was played at Priddis Greens, is six shots back, with In-Kyung Kim and Lorena Ochoa seven back.
With a premier field of LPGA Tour players at the CN Canadian Women’s Open, the potential for weekend fireworks is still strong, but Canadians won’t be a part of it.
Song-Hee Kim shot a course record, nine-under 62 in Friday’s second round and sits atop the leaderboard at nine-under with Suzann Petterson.
Just one shot back are Catriona Matthew and Lorena Ochoa, while M.J. Hur, Angela Stanford and Sun Young Yoo are each two back.
All 12 Canadians playing in this country’s only LPGA Tour event of the year missed the cut, including Hamilton’s Alena Sharp, who couldn’t sink a birdie putt and missed by one.
Amateur Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., took a triple bogey eight on the ninth hole, her 18th of the tournament, and finished two shots below the cut.
Other notables to miss the cut include defending champion Katherine Hull, 2000 champion Meg Mallon and Michelle Wie.
The following are the results of all 12 Canadians:
Alena Sharp 72-72 144 +2
Maude-Aimee Leblanc* 71-74 145 +3
Nicole Vandermade* 75-70 145 +3
Adrienne White 71-75 146 +4
Jessica Shepley 74-73 147 +5
Jennifer Kirby* 73-76 149 +7
Lorie Kane 75-76 151 +9
Stephanie Sherlock* 76-78 154 +12
Sue Kim * 79-76 155 +13
A.J. Eathorne 73-83 156 +14
Kira Meixner 81-78 159 +17
Ashley Sholer 84-80 164 +22
Australian Anna Rawson shot a seven-under 64 to take the first round lead at the CN Canadian Women’s Open at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club, near Calgary.
Rawson has a one-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen and is two up on Lorena Ochoa and Amanda Blumenhuerst. She is three ahead of Louise Stahle, Il Mi Chung, Momoko Ueda.and Joo Mi Kim.
Amateur Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., and Adrienne White of Red Deer, Alta., are the top Canadians after shooting even par in the first round. LPGA Tour regular Alena Sharp of Hamilton was one-over.
Your Canadian Leaderboard
Maude-Aimee Leblanc,*Sherbrooke, Que. 71
Adrienne White, Red Deer, Alta. 71
Alena Sharp, Hamilton, Ont. 72
A.J. Eathorne, Penticton, B.C. 73
Jennifer Kirby*, Paris, Ont. 73
Jessica Shepley, Oakville, Ont. 74
Nicole Vandermade*, Brantford, Ont. 75
Lorie Kane , Charlottetown, PEI 75
Stephanie Sherlock*, Barrie, Ont. 76
Sue Kim*, Langley, B.C. 79
Kira Meixner, Richmond, B.C. 81
Ashley Sholer, Hamilton, Ont. 84