Portland – Coming from behind to win the LPGA Safeway Classic is familiar for Suzann Pettersen.
After entering Sunday’s final round three strokes behind former top-ranked Yani Tseng, Pettersen battled to a final round of 5-under-par 67 to edge No. 2-ranked Stacy Lewis by two strokes.
Pettersen’s four-day total of 20-under 268 was enough to win the prestigious event and its $195,000 first-place check at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
Another shot back was Lizette Salas (69) with 2008 champion Cristie Kerr (69) another shot back.
Tseng dropped to ninth place after shooting a final-round 78. Yakima native Paige Mackenzie finished in 23rd place at 10-under par.
Pettersen, a native of Norway, also won the tournament in 2011. That year she made up a nine- stroke deficit on the final day.
“It seems like Portland is a good stop for me,” Pettersen said. “I tried to go out there and give myself chances. It’s nice to come back and win.”
A crucial stretch of five birdies on six holes helped Pettersen recover after a double bogey on the second hole. That consistent pace continued with three birdies on the back nine.
Founded in 1972, the Safeway Classic is the oldest continuous event on the LPGA Tour. The tournament continues to attract many of the top LPGA golfers. Past champions include Lorena Ochoa, Annika Sorenstam, and Nancy Lopez.
The tournament returned to Columbia Edgewater this year after a four-year stint at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore.
Pettersen is the only player in the event’s history to win at both courses.
“I feel like I’ve matured a lot as a golfer. I play to my strengths,” she said. “I have every shot in the bag to get around this place now.”
Pettersen’s next stop will be at the Evian Championship, one of the LPGA’s five majors.
It will be held Sept. 12-15 at the Evian Resort Golf Club in vian-les-Bains, France.nicole.gaddie@ thenewstribune.com