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Jun 08

Pettersen Wins in Canada

Win in Canda Reaffirms Pettersen’s Greatness

Suzanne PettersenWhen conversations ensue about who the most talented players are in the LPGA Tour, Suzanne Pettersen’s name is often overlooked despite her considerable abilities and impressive resume.
Prior to this week at the Manulife LPGA Classic on Cambridge, Ontario Pettersen hadn’t won in a year-and-a-half; she won four times in 2013. But she has been ranked in the top 10 in the world for 400 consecutive weeks; more than seven-and-a-half years. That’s longer than any other player on the world. She now has 15 LPGA titles on her resume, including two majors
Her latest win required some of the moxie for which the 34-year old is renowned. She had to overcome a spirited effort down the stretch from Brittany Lang. Playing two groups in front of Pettersen, Lang carded a final-round 65 that got her to the clubhouse at 21-umder par 266. But Pettersen responded with birdies at 16 and 17 to move in front before completing her week’s work with a tap-in par at the final green.
It’s the first win for Pettersen since she started working with Butch Harmon at the start of 2015.
“I want to say compared to what I’ve had dealt with in the past, I think Butch is the most natural, probably less technical as I’ve ever been even though I’m trying to squeeze in some technical thoughts,” she said.
“But he’s a great mentor more than anything and he makes you work hard. And hard work pays off and that’s kind of what I live for. Unfortunately I had a couple setbacks with my back early and then the shoulder around Kraft or Hawaii, and that’s just stuff that’s tough when you feel you’re in such a great process and kind of progressing nice to get setbacks when you can’t play, you can’t practice for like three, four weeks and it feels like you start all over. But this is why it’s worth all the hard work.”
The win was especially meaningful to Pettersen as she looks ahead to the Solheim Cup later this year.
“We Europeans, we obviously don’t care about the year in between the Solheims, we care more about the current year. We want to build form. Obviously I read that we are super on I was glad to see Anna {Nordqvist] win last week and I’m happy to back it up this week. Like I said, all the Europeans are starting to really play some good golf, which is important for us to build the confidence we need for our team. There’s a lot of golf to be played before we go to Germany.”

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Rick Woelfel

Rick spent more than 15 years in broadcasting before going into print journalism; covering a wide variety of sports during his career but derives his greatest satisfaction from writing about golf and golf history.
He first covered the LPGA Tour in 1986 while still in broadcasting, and has been covering golf ever since, at both the amateur and professional levels.
Rick was a staff writer for Philadelphia Golfer from 1996-2003 and served as the associate editor of Philadelphia Golf Magazine and New Jersey State Golf from 2004-2007.
Since 2007 he has edited and published Women’s Golf Report, an e-zine devoted to women’s golf, while also writing for other golf outlets. He is also a correspondent for two Philadelphia-area daily newspapers and a contributor to Referee, a periodical devoted to sports officiating.