No stoppin' Suzann

Suzann Pettersen hoists the Canadian women's Open Trophy after winning 15 under. (Sun Media/Stuart...

Suzann Pettersen hoists the Canadian women's Open Trophy after winning 15 under. (Sun Media/Stuart Dryden)

TODD SAELHOF, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:06 PM ET

Suzann Pettersen proved to her critics -- and to herself -- her stuff really doesn't stink.

Perhaps a few eloquent words from Tiger Woods helped her realize it, enough at least to push her to victory yesterday in the US$2.75-million CN Canadian Women's Open.

"I got a message from Tiger," Pettersen said of a text exchange with the planet's best golfer before yesterday's final round of the annual LPGA Tour stop. " 'Keep doing your (crap).' So I guess I did keep doing my (crap)."

The Norwegian golfer did enough at least to hold onto the lead in what turned out to be a relatively pain-free five-stroke victory -- a 15-under-269 total -- at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club.

After opening the day five shots up on her nearest competition, Angela Stanford, Pettersen finished the same number of strokes ahead of Stanford and four other pursuers, including the only golfer, Karrie Webb, who gave her a run for the championship money of US$412,500.

The win, which vaulted her into second spot on the season's money list with US$1,294,810, is the sixth of her LPGA career but first since 2007.

Since her last circuit triumph, Pettersen's had 19 Top-10 placings and six runner-up finishes, including last week's heartbreaking playoff loss to M.J. Hur in the Safeway Classic in Oregon, and the 28-year-old was growing weary of being asked why she couldn't close the deal.

"For me, this means as much as when I won the McDonald's (major) back in '07," Pettersen said.

"At least I probably won't get those questions again: 'How do you feel finishing up second? It's two years since you won last.' I guess I've kind of closed that segment now."

Webb cut Pettersen's lead down to three strokes by opening with a trio of birdies over the first five holes before the leader recovered with a birdie on the 143-yard sixth.

Webb pulled to within three again before what proved to be the turning point on the 547-yard ninth hole, where it looked as if a two-shot swing in favour of the veteran Aussie was possible.

Webb put her approach shot six feet left of the pin. Then she watched as the leader stroked a shot short of a ridge on the green that sent the ball 20 feet further away from the cup, leaving her with a difficult 30-footer uphill.

But Webb failed to stroke through a birdie putt that might have put the pressure on Pettersen, who calmly two-putted to keep her pursuer three strokes behind.

"At least (if I get the birdie on No. 9), it would have been down to two," said Webb, who finished the final round with a 2-under 69. "I think Suzann is going to make her (second) putt no matter what, but if I make it, I really make her think about that putt."

Fifteen minutes later on the par-4, downhill 10th hole, Pettersen came up short of the green on her approach but again rallied by deftly chipping in from 50 feet to widen her margin and effectively wedge a club through Webb's comeback hopes.

With a comfortable four-shot lead again, the final eight holes proved academic.

"What did I shoot today? One-under?" said Pettersen, whose 70 followed rounds of 65, 68 and 66.

"It felt like a scrambling round -- I only hit 13 greens. I chipped in once but missed some short putts -- just kind of bad putts. Obviously, some nerves.

"But I tried to keep believing and don't fear anything."

TODD.SAELHOF@SUNMEDIA.CA


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