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Alfredsson wins third Evian title

FINAL-ROUND LEADERBOARD (US unless stated)
-15 H Alfredsson (Swe), A Park (Bra), N-Y Choi (SKor)
Alfredsson won sudden-death play-off
-13 J Hong (SKor) -12 L Ochoa (Mex) Selected others: -10 P Creamer, J Inkster -7 A Sorenstam (Swe) -5 B Brewerton (Wal) +2 R Hudson (Eng) +3 M McKay (Sco) +13 L Davies (Eng)

Helen Alfredsson
Alfredsson has won 19 tournaments in her career

Sweden's Helen Alfredsson warmed up for next week's British Women's Open by winning the prestigious Evian Masters in France in a sudden death play-off.

The 2007 Solheim Cup captain birdied the final two holes for a 67 to force her way into a play-off on 15 under par against Angela Park and Na-Yeon Choi.

The 43-year-old, who clinched the title at the third extra hole, said: "It's great to be a three-time winner."

British Women's Open champion Lorena Ochoa came fifth behind Jin Joo Hong.

World number one Ochoa, from Mexico, shot a 68 to move up the leaderboard while Hong carded a 67 to take fourth.

Two-time former winner Annika Sorenstam, in her final Evian Masters before retirement, also shot 68 for seven under.

Wales' Becky Brewerton was the top Briton in joint 24th after a final-round 68 but two-time winner Laura Davies slumped to last of the 70 qualifiers after a dismal 80.

Alfredsson, who won the inaugural Evian title in 1994 and then again in 1998, has suffered a string of injuries over the years and last won a title in 2003.

But she showed great form last month with a second place in the US Women's Open and her experience came to the fore in the play-off.

The 19-year-old Brazilian Park, who had led going into the final round, went out when she could only make par at the first extra hole, and 21-year-old South Korean Choi missed a six-foot birdie putt to leave Alfredsson two putts to win at the third.


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