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Nordqvist holds off Park to win LPGA Thailand

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CHONBURI, Thailand – Anna Nordqvist ended a five-year victory drought when she beat defending champion Inbee Park by two strokes to win the LPGA Thailand at the Siam County Club Pattaya Old Course on Sunday.

Nordqvist, who held the lead for the last three days, shot a final-round 68 for 15-under 273, to edge Inbee, who carded a final-round 66 for an aggregate 13-under 275.

The victory was her third LPGA title after winning the LPGA Championship and the LPGA Tour Championship in 2009.

''It's been awhile, but I'm just so happy to finally break through again,'' Nordqvist said. ''Inbee kept pushing me at the end. I just really had to stay strong. Had a rough first couple holes, but kept playing good on the back. Just unbelievable to get that win again,'' she said.



Nordqvist, whose form dipped dramatically in 2013, gave much of the credit for keeping her going to new coach Jorje Parada of Spain.

''I have to thank my family and friends and coach for keeping pushing me through the good and bad times. They really inspired me and believed in me no matter what. And here I am sitting here with the trophy,'' said Nordqvist.

Catriona Matthew shot a second straight 65 to finish third on 277. Michelle Wie, who was tied second after three rounds, had three birdies plus an eagle on the 10th against two bogeys for a final-round 69 and fourth place another shot back.

Former champion Yani Tseng, with a 68, was joint fifth along with the American trio of Gerina Piller, Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson and Paraguayan Julieta Granada, who all finished on 279.