Nordqvisit Wins the Kia Classic
After just six tournaments, the LPGA has its second multiple winner of 2014. Anna Nordvist came from two shots off the pace on Sunday to win the Kia Classic in the tour’s last warmup for next week’s Kraft Nabsico championship.
Nordqvist, who won in Thailand in February, joins Karrie Webb as a two-time winner on 2014.
Her closing 67 at the Aviara Golf Club got her to the clubhouse at 13-under par 275 and gave her the fourth victory of her career.
The win also makes her one of the favorites for the Kraft Nabisco, which gets underway on Thursday. Nordqvist’s hot start, she’s made five cuts in five starts this season, comes in the wake of an offseason of change.
“I decided to change coaches,’ she said “Started working with him on my swing in January. Jorge Parada, a Spanish guy. Changed my equipment and clothes. You know, I think the decision was just it was either I was going to keep working on the it or just, you know, keep practicing or playing like I had been.
“But I think I really set my mind up because I wanted to be in contention and win tournaments.”
“I told my trainer that he was going to have to train me hard this winter,” she said, “and kick my butt, which is exactly what I did.
“I was in the gym quite a bit. I wanted to get stronger and faster. That’s part of it. Part of it is my swing change or swing coach change. Having a lot more speed in the swing and I can go after it. Before I was kind of hitting it left a little bit. Now I can go after it.
“I switched to TaylorMade this year and my driver has been working great for me. It was part of the reason why I was able to win in Thailand because I was able to carry five or six more bunkers every round that was in play for me in past.”
Nordqvist heads to Palm Springs looking for her second major title. She won the McDonald’s LPGA Championship in 2009, her rookie season.
“I really love the majors. It’s a tougher setup on the courses and always a little bit more pressure and more kind of spotlight on the tournament. I like that.”