Sorenstam won for the second time in as many starts, the fourth time in her last six events and the sixth time in 12 appearances this season on the LPGA Tour. The victory was No. 37 in her illustrious LPGA career, good for 10th place on the tour's all-time win list.
'I knew the way I played the last two days that today I needed to have a great start and I made the three birdies on the front nine and then after that I saw my name on the leader board, I was steady from there,' said the 31-year-old Swede, who collected $180,000 for the win. 'I cannot say it enough, I am very thankful and I know how it feels now and I want it to last. I love it.'
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'She is really focused...she has tunnel vision all the time,' said Golden, who played poorly down the stretch for the second consecutive day. 'She knows what she wants to do, and does it.'
Golden, coming off back-to-back 10-foot birdie putts at 12 and 13, began to squander her two-shot lead over Sorenstam late on the back nine Sunday. Golden dropped a shot at the par-three 14th and then failed to get up and down for par at the 15th when she knocked her approach over the green.
Tied with Sorenstam for the lead at the par-5 16th, Golden bogeyed her third consecutive hole while Sorenstam calmly two-putted for birdie. Now with a two-shot lead, Sorenstam was able to par her remaining holes, while Golden dropped another shot at 18 to fall into the group at 9-under-par.
'I got a little greedy sometimes,' said the 35-year-old Texan, who shot a final-round 71. 'I bogeyed four of the last five holes, if I par those then I win it. I don't think we gave it on a platter, but I wish I had played well down the stretch.'
Golden's lone victory came in last year's State Farm Classic, where she posted a career-low 63 in the final round to beat Sorenstam by one stroke.
Koch tallied one eagle, three birdies and a bogey on Sunday for a 4-under 67. The tie for second was Koch's best finish on tour in 2002.
Inkster had won the last six tournaments where she owned the lead heading into the final round, but this Sunday was not her day. Holding steady at even par through eight holes, Inkster missed the green at nine and bogeyed the hole to drop out of the lead for good.
'I would have like to make a few more putts to gain momentum out there, but Annika played steady just like she always does,' said Inkster, who carded a one-over 72 Sunday. 'Every time I would look up there she was right down the middle of the fairway and on this golf course you have to play it right down the middle and that is what I did not do today.'
Sorenstam wasted little time in erasing Inkster's three-shot lead. Sorenstam birdied three in a row, starting at the third, to grab a piece of the lead forth
'To start the day in the position that I was in, it was where I wanted to be, to have the chance to win,' said Sorenstam. 'What can you say. This is why I work hard and this is what I want and everything is all going my way.'
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