What can I say I am overwhelmed. I am super happy and I cannot believe that I walked away with another lei and trophy, Sorenstam said. You know I was feeling very good about my game and the back nine I was able to totally turn it around with four birdies and rolled some great putts.
Defending champion Lorie Kane gave it her all today. She held her ground right up to the end. But in the end she was no match for the tenacious Swede. Sorenstam managed to repeat her second round score of 66 to move to 14-under tying Kane for the lead.
Sorenstam played the 18th hole skillfully for the second time today relying on her sand wedge to do the job. She left herself a four-foot putt, which she sank for the title. Kane was once again the bridesmaid.
Well I think today was probably a true test of what Annika Sorenstam can do given opportunity, Kane said. I am disappointed that I did not win, but there are 26 more weeks in the year and so I will be looking to stay where I am and keep building from here.
LPGA Tour rookie Kasumi Fujii learned a hard lesson today when she fell out of the lead after being penalized for breaking a local rule on the par 5 third after picking up pebbles on the fringe of the green.
It was a situation where the sand is gravel and it is really hard to determine what is rock and what is not rock and you know it is all rock, Kane said.
Fujii went on to record double bogey on the par 4 fifth but recovered nicely after that. Conservative play netted her two birdies as she made the turn but in the end she would finish up at 11-under-par and three strokes behind the leaders after incurring a two-shot penalty during the final round.
I think something like that would rattle anybody, her playing partner Sorenstam said. After that I think she caught up great and regrouped herself really well on the back nine.
Full field scores from the Takefuji Classic