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Rookie Nordqvist earns LPGA title

FINAL LEADERBOARD:
(US unless stated)
-15 A Nordqvist (Swe) -11 L Wright (Aus) -10 J Shin (Kor) -9 K Bae -8 N Castrale, A Stanford, K McPherson

Anna Nordqvist
Nordqvist was the leading amateur at the British Open in 2008

Rookie Anna Nordqvist of Sweden won the LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock by four strokes on Sunday.

Nordqvist shot a final-round 68 at Bulle Rock for a total of 15-under-par 273 to claim her first LPGA title.

The 22-year-old Swede began the final round with a two-shot lead and by the end of the day was four clear of runner-up Lindsey Wright of Australia.

Her victory represents her first major tournament title as a professional after coming through at amateur level.

Nordqvist won the British Amateur championship in 2008.

Wright had earlier let two early birdie opportunities slip away and three-putted the par-three seventh to drop to eight under par for the tournament.

Nordqvist's best previous finish this year was a tie for 17th in the Corona Championship.

Her LPGA Championship victory follows that of Yani Tseng, who won as a rookie in 2008 at Bulle Rock.

"I just kept being patient," said Nordqvist. "I think that's really what paid off at the end."



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