Sorenstam Slams Door Down Under

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Evian Ladies European TourGULF COAST, Australia -- World No. 1 Annika Sorenstam fired her second-consecutive round of 7-under 65 on Sunday to cruise to her third title at the ANZ Ladies Masters. She finished at 19-under-par 269 and won by four over Karen Stupples at Royal Pines Golf Club.
 
Stupples shot a 4-under 68 to finish at 15-under-par 273, followed by Kylie Pratt (65) and Jennifer Rosales (68). That pair finished the tournament at 11-under-par 277.
 
Sorenstam began Sunday's final round with a one-shot lead over Stupples but extended quickly. Sorenstam birdied the first while Stupples made bogey so the margin was three.
 
At the par-5 third hole, Sorenstam drained a 25-foot eagle putt to put the tournament out of reach. She added four more birdies and did not make bogey to pick up the victory.
 
'I'm glad I got off to a hot start,' said Sorenstam.'It's so sweet to win again. The eagle at the third was definitely a key moment and after that, I kept the momentum going on the front nine and played much better on the back nine. I never put myself in any trouble, so I guess my plan came true for me.'
 
Stupples played well but could not overcome Sorenstam.
 
'Annika played supremely well today,' admitted Stupples. 'I'm very happy with the way I played over the weekend but I got to the stage this afternoon where I was thinking 'what do I have to do?' I really wanted to win this tournament, but Annika got off to a great start and I didn't.'
 
Anne-Marie Knight (72) took fifth at 10-under-par 278, followed by Ana Larranta, who carded a final-round, 6-under 66 to finish at 9-under-par 279.
 
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