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Suzann Pettersen captures Evian

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Sept 16, 2013 - 20:02
  • Updated : Sept 16, 2013 - 20:02

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) ― Suzann Pettersen barely had time to hug her caddie before the champagne started flowing in her direction.

In the first women’s major played in Europe, Pettersen beat teenage star Lydia Ko of New Zealand by two shots to win the Evian Championship on Sunday and clinch the second major title of her career.

The Norwegian calmly rolled in her par putt to seal the title. Pettersen then leaned back and held her head in her hands, hugged her caddie and laughed as she was surrounded by friends spraying her with champagne on the green.
Suzann Pettersen is sprayed with champagne after her win on Sunday. (AP-Yonhap News)

“I might start to get a bit emotional,” Pettersen said, her voice wavering, as she collected the trophy.

It was her first major since the LPGA Championship in 2007 and her second straight tournament win after the Safeway Classic this month.

Pettersen shot a 3-under 68 to finish with a 10-under total of 203 after the tournament was reduced to three rounds when Thursday’s play was rained out.

The 16-year-old Ko, who was trying to become the youngest major champion, finished with a 70.

American Lexi Thompson shot a 68 to finish four shots back in third place, with South Koreans Ryu So-yeon and Pak Se-ri five shots behind in a tie for fourth.