Suzann Pettersen edges out Inbee Park in China

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WORLD No 8 Suzann Pettersen, of Norway, came from two shots behind Korea’s Inbee Park to claim a one-stroke victory at the Mission Hills World Ladies Championship in China.

Pettersen fired a bogey-free six under 66 on the Sandbelt Trails Course on a hot and sunny final day at Mission Hills Haikou in tropical Hainan. The 31-year-old from Oslo finished a shot clear of Park with a 72-hole total of 18 under par.

“I felt like there was a 64 out there today and I got off to a good start,” Pettersen said. My goal was to get it to 20 under par. I said if I get beat at 20, I can live with it. I know Inbee is in there and if she just gets one look at a putt, it’s in, so I had to bring my best and the putter was hot today.” The Korean pair of Park and Na-Heul Kim won the team event running concurrently, with a five-stroke victory over Norway, followed by Thailand five shots further behind.

The 2012 champion Shanshan Feng finished third on 11 under par and was the leading Chinese player.