Granada Trumps Ochoa Webb at ADT


2006 ADT ChampionshipWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Julieta Granada gave herself the perfect birthday gift, surely not minding that it arrived a bit late.
Two days after turning 20, the LPGA Tour rookie from Paraguay got her first victory -- and, perhaps more importantly, took home the first $1 million prize in women's golf.
Lorena Ochoa
Lorena Ochoa just missed out on her seventh LPGA Tour victory of the the year.
Granada shot a bogey-free round of 68 Sunday, beating an eight-player final-round field to win the ADT Championship at Trump International and take home most of the event's $1.55 million purse.
The win pushed her season's earnings to $1,633,586 -- not bad for someone who finished outside the top 10 finishers in 23 of 30 events this year.
Only 32 women qualified for the event, where the field was trimmed to 16 after the second round, then down to eight for the final round -- when the scores were wiped away and everyone teed off at even-par in an 18-hole shootout for $1 million.
Granada, the youngest of the eight players Sunday, somehow never flinched.
She parred her first two holes, then birdied the par-5 third and never slipped, making three more birdies along the way -- including one at the par-4 16th to put herself three shots clear of the field.
Granada was tested by a 5-footer to save par on the 17th, and when the ball dropped into the bottom of the cup both she and her caddy -- her mother, Rosa -- pumped their fists, knowing the win was only one hole away.
But there was drama awaiting.
Granada backed away from her second shot on the 18th fairway, distracted by the roar two holes away, where player of the year Lorena Ochoa had made birdie -- her second in a row -- to get within one of the rookie's lead.
Granada got her approach on the green, but well away from the hole. Her first putt got to about 3 feet, and the par try was perfect, protecting her one-shot lead.
And when Ochoa and Karrie Webb -- Granada's two closest pursuers -- each found the water with their tee balls at the par-3 17th, the outcome was all but sealed. Ochoa finished the year with the season's money title, but Granada went away with the day's biggest prize.
Il Mi Chung, who would have taken a 1-shot lead into the final round under typical one-cut circumstances, was in contention before making double-bogey on the 16th, missing the green left, then chipping back across the green to get into more trouble.
Chung finished at even-par, as did Natalie Gulbis and Ai Miyazato, who led after the first two rounds but managed 16 pars, one bogey and one birdie on the way to a 72 Sunday.
Paula Creamer (75) had just one birdie -- on 18 -- and was never a factor.
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