Friberg Grabs First Win Ochoa Finishes 8th

By Associated PressMarch 16, 2008, 4:00 pm
LPGA Tour _newMEXICO CITY, Mexico -- Swedens Louise Friberg won her first LPGA Tour title in her fourth career start, closing with a 7-under 65 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Taiwans Yani Tseng in the MasterCard Classic.
Friberg, 10 strokes behind Ji-Young Oh at the start of play Sunday after opening rounds of 72 and 73, had an eagle, six birdies and a bogey in the 65' the best score by three strokes in the final round.
I wasnt expecting to win at 6 under since last year the winner was at 11 under, Friberg said. I didnt think 6 would make it. I thought my last putt on 18 would make me finish second. So, I was waiting around, didnt really know what to do in the meantime. A lot of things went through my mind, but to be honest, I dont remember what. I dont know if I was hungry, thirsty, what. I was just waiting.
The 2003 University of Washington graduate finished at 6-under 210 on the hilly Bosque Real course and made $195,000. She was making her third start since earning her tour card in early December with a ninth-place tie in the qualifying tournament.
I didnt think it would take me just three times to win, Friberg said. Im going to stick with my game plan and keep going, but I dont think this has all sunk in yet.
Tseng finished with a 74.
I just feel a little disappointed, Tseng said. I learned a lot from this experience and today. On the first couple of holes, I played too fast. I know, in the future, Ill take my time and be patient.
Jane Park (70) and Jill McGill tied for third at 4 under, and Pat Hurst (72), Na Yeon Choi (73) and Eva Dahllof (74) followed at 3 under. Oh closed with a 79 to match top-ranked Mexican star Lorena Ochoa (68) at 2 under.
It was a great day. I was due, said Ochoa, who opened with rounds of 76 and 70. I played really good, a solid day, and making birdies here in Mexico feels really great, just to hear the gallery and giving myself a chance to improve my position.
Friberg, a winner in 2005 on the Swedish tour, birdied Nos. 3, 5 and 9 to make the turn at 2 under for the tournament. She also birdied the par-3 11th, eagled the par-5 12th and reached 7 under with birdies on Nos. 14-15 before bogeying the 16th.
On the 12th, she hit a 5-wood to 215 yards and made a 20-foot putt. She made 9- and 5-foot putts on Nos. 14-15, and three-putted from 18 feet for a bogey on 16.
I guess Sundays are my day, Friberg said. A lot of times Ive played good in the last round and I did today, but Im just happy to get through because Ive been really sick the past two days.
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