SUZANN PETTERSEN has clinched the fifth and final women’s major of 2013 with a two-shot victory over 16 year old Kiwi Lydia Ko at the rain affected Evian Championship in France.
The 32-year-old Norwegian won the second major of her career with a final-round 68 to overhaul Ko after heavy rain washed out day one.
Ko, who still retains her amateur status despite her continuing success in the pro ranks, shot 70 while American Lexi Thompson (68) was third at six under.
“It’s great to win another major and this one has definitely been well worth waiting for,” said Pettersen, who won the LPGA Championship in 2007 and has been second in four other majors.
“I was actually really nervous coming down the stretch and even nearly played up short at the 18th (a par four over water). But I said to my caddie I had to go for it and it worked out.”
Pettersen began what was the third and final round tied with Ko, one shot behind Japan’s Mika Miyazato.
But Miyazato collapsed to a 79, leaving Pettersen and Ko, already a four-time winner in the paid ranks, to battle it out.
This was the first time the Evian Championship has been given major status.
Katherine Hull-Kirk (70) and Karrie Webb (72) finished the best of the Aussies tied for 15th.Evian Championship Final Results