Colombia s Uribe wins LPGA Tour s Brazil Cup


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP)—Mariajo Uribe of Colombia shot a 6-under 66 to defeatLindsey Wright of Australia by a stroke in the final round of the Brazil Cup onSunday, picking up her first LPGA Tour win.

Uribe, last year’s runner-up in the 36-hole exhibition event, made sevenbirdies and a bogey to finish at 9-under 135 at the Itanhanga Golf Club.

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Uribe was 5-under after the first seven holes on Sunday, then picked up twomore birdies and a bogey on the back nine before finishing with four straightpars to secure the victory in the 30-player tournament just outside Rio deJaneiro.

“I knew I had to go out there and take advantage of the par-5s,” saidUribe, who birdied four of the six par-5s. “I just went out and had a goodstart. I was really excited, I just tried to keep my mind in the present andtried to keep playing how I was playing.”

Wright shot a second consecutive 68. She birdied No. 17 but was not able tomake a charge in the final hole to force a playoff. Sweden’s Maria Hjorthfinished third at 7-under after a 5-under final round.

Uribe, who lost last year’s tournament to American Meaghan Francella in asix-hole playoff, received $108,000 of the $720,000 prize fund. Francellafinished 19th at 2-over par.

First-round leader Heather Bowie Young of the United States followed her 66on Saturday with an even par round that left her tied for fourth.

Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, winner of the inaugural 2009 Brazil Cup whilefive months pregnant, shot 70 on Sunday to finish at 5-under, tied for sixth.

Behind her was the world’s No. 2 ranked player, Suzann Pettersen of Norway.Pettersen, coming off a victory last week in the Sybase Match Play Championship,began the final round two shots off the lead but had a 1-over 73 that left herout of contention.

American Cristie Kerr, second in the Match Play event, shot a 2-under 70 tofinish tied for 11th.

The tournament was affected by bad weather both days and the final hole hadto be changed from a par-4 to a par-3 because of rain.

Golf will return to the Olympics for the first time in more than 100 yearsat the 2016 Games in Rio.