Pettersen wins Manulife Classic, Min Jee 4th

On the eve of the 2nd major on the women’s calendar, Norway’s Suzann Pettersen has prepared in the best possible way with a clutch one-stroke victory in the Manulife LPGA Classic in Canada.

Pettersen closed with a three-under 69 to finish at 22-under but was held to account by American Brittany Lang, who shot a brilliant seven-under 65 on Sunday to almost snatch the title.

Suzann Pettersen Suzann Pettersen (Credit: www.golffile.ie)

“I felt it was tougher today,” Pettersen said after winning her 15th LPGA crown, “For me, some stupid mistakes early on but I kept digging deep and finished strong and I feel like I played really good golf this week.”

“So, I’m really excited for next week and it’s nice to be back.”

Lang, the 2012 champion at this event, played two groups ahead of Pettersen and set the clubhouse lead with the round of the day.

“Yeah, feel great. I got a little nervous towards the back nine,” said Lang. “I played great all week and I really was in control of my shots and my emotions towards the end, so it’s all you can ask for, to be clutch and make birdies, so very proud.”

Australian Minjee Lee continued her wonderful rookie year with a tie for 4th at 16-under while Victorian Sarah Jane Smith enjoyed a solid week, finishing at 12-under in a tie for 16th.

Sarah Kemp finished tied for 36th however Karrie Webb and Katherine Kirk would both be disappointed at missing the cut for the weekend.

The second major of the year will take place this week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the first of three major championships in six weeks over the northern summer.

The Championship has been moved this year from its long-time home in Rochester, NY to the Westchester Country Club in New York City, a new course for all of the players this week but a venue very familiar to PGA TOUR players and viewers as host of the former Westchester Classic tournament which dated back to the 1960s.

The course and that tournament had been good to Australians with Bruce Crampton, David Graham and Wayne Grady all winners around the layout.