Jenny Lidback remembered her collapse two years ago in the LPGA Championship when she opened the final round of the du Maurier Classic in Montreal with a three-putt bogey to drop into a tie with Liselotte Neumann.
“I had flashbacks,” said Lidback, who dropped from first to 17th on the final day of the 1993 LPGA. “I said, ‘Don’t let this happen again.”’
She didn’t, bouncing back with a birdie chip from 10 yards in front of the green on the third hole en route to an even-par 72 and a one-stroke victory over Neumann in the LPGA’s final major championship of the year.
Neumann, a Swede with five career victories, also closed with a 72.
Lidback, a 32-year-old Peruvian who holds Swedish citizenship and lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., had an 8-under 280 total on the Beaconsfield Golf Club course and became the third first-time winner in an LPGA major this year.
Lidback, in her seventh season on the tour, joined Dinah Shore winner Nanci Bowen and U.S. Open champion Annika Sorenstam as a first-time winner in a major. Kelly Robbins won the LPGA Championship for her third career title.
Robin Walton of Clarkston shot a 74 to finish 14 strokes back. Tracy Hanson of Rathdrum, Idaho, fired a closing round 73 for a total of 296, 16 strokes behind.
Greg Norman sank a 66-foot chip on the first playoff hole, capturing the World Series of Golf in Akron, Ohio, and becoming the leading money winner in PGA Tour history.
In beating Nick Price and Billy Mayfair, Norman won $360,000 to raise his lifetime earnings to $9.49 million and overtake Tom Kite.
Norman closed with a 3-under-par 67 to enter the playoff with a 72-hole total of 2-under 278.
In Newport, R.I., Tiger Woods became the first U.S. Amateur champion in 12 years to defend his title, ensuring his victory with a brilliant second shot on the final hole.
Woods, a 19-year-old Stanford sophomore who last year became the youngest player ever to win the championship, defeated 43-year-old George “Buddy” Marucci 2-up in the 36-hole final match.
Isao Aoki blasted from a trap to a foot of the cup and birdied the 18th hole to win the $800,000 Bank of Boston Senior Classic in Concord, Mass with a 54-hole total of 12-under 204.
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