Golf roundup: Pettersen rules; BMW a washout

Suzann Pettersen, lining up her par putt on No. 18, captured her second career major by holding off teenage phenom Lydia Ko.
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Suzann Pettersen, lining up her par putt on No. 18, captured her second career major by holding off teenage phenom Lydia Ko.

Suzann Pettersen barely had time to hug her caddie before the champagne started flowing in her direction.

In the first women’s major played in continental Europe, Pettersen beat teenage star Lydia Ko by two shots to win the Evian Championship in Evian-Les-Bains, France, on Sunday and clinch the second major title of her career.

Pettersen calmly rolled in her par putt on 18 to seal the title. She then leaned back and held her head in her hands, hugged her caddie, and laughed as she was surrounded by friends spraying her with champagne on the green.


‘‘I might start to get a bit emotional,’’ Pettersen said, her voice wavering, as she collected the trophy.

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It was her first major since the LPGA Championship in 2007 and her second straight tournament win — she captured the Safeway Classic this month.

Pettersen shot a 3-under-par 68 to finish with a 10-under total of 203 after the tournament was reduced to three rounds when Thursday’s play was rained out. The 16-year-old Ko, who was trying to become the youngest major champion, finished with a 70.

Lexi Thompson shot a 68 to finish four shots back in third place, with So Yeon Ryu and Se Ri Pak five shots behind in a tie for fourth.

This was the first year that Evian counted as the fifth and final major of the year on the women’s calendar.


Mika Miyazato of Japan held a one-shot lead going into the final round but struggled to a 79 and finished tied for 19th.

PGA — The final round of the BMW Championship was suspended because of steady rain that left too much water on Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill. Jim Furyk, who has a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker, was about two hours away from even teeing off.

‘‘The bad news — obviously, I'm anxious to get out there and play, as is everyone else,’’ Furyk said. ‘‘But the good news is no one wants to go out and play in this and slop it around in bad weather on a golf course where we’re playing the ball down and it’s probably a little too wet out there.’’

Rory McIlroy found one small consolation to the end of his PGA Tour season — he was one of six players who finished. McIlroy had yet another double bogey — that’s 12 double bogeys and a triple bogey in three FedEx Cup playoff events — but holed out from 164 yards for eagle on the 12th hole and had his second straight 68.

It was the first time he had back-to-back rounds in the 60s in the same tournament this year on tour.


Furyk was at 13-under 200 and in the final group with Stricker. Brandt Snedeker was two shots behind at 202, followed by Zach Johnson at 203 and Tiger Woods at 204. Woods was penalized two shots on Friday when his ball moved as he was removing a small branch next to it behind the first green.

Dustin Johnson closed with a 72 and had to wait to make sure no one bumped him out of the top 30 in the FedEx Cup, which would keep him from the Tour Championship. Johnson tried to hit 3-wood into the par-5 18th green and produced two splashes — one from water getting between the club face and the ball, the other when the ball came down well short and into a creek.

‘‘It just came out dead,’’ he said.

Everyone else was to return to Conway Farms on Monday morning and act like Sunday never happened.

‘‘I think we got the better end of the deal by not even playing in it,’’ Stricker said. — Seung-Yul Noh closed with a 2-under 69 for a five-stroke victory in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio, the third of the four Tour Finals series events to wrap up a PGA Tour card. The 22-year-old South Korean finished at 12-under 272 on Ohio State’s Scarlet Course and earned $180,000 to take the series lead with $210,125.

The bulk of the series field is made up of players in the top 75 on the money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings.

The top 25 on the regular-season money list earn PGA cards for the 2013-14 season, while the other players are fighting for 25 additional cards through earnings in the Finals.

Noh was 160th in the FedEx Cup standings. He opened the series with a seventh-place tie in Fort Wayne, Ind., and missed the cut last week in Davidson, N.C.

Edward Loar was second at 7 under after a 65. Playing for a top priority ranking after finishing fourth on the money list, he’s sixth on the series list with $119,200.

John Peterson followed at 6 under after a 66. Ben Martin (67), Chesson Hadley (71), and South Africa’s Tyrone Van Aswegen (73) tied for fourth at 4 under.

European — Joost Luiten beat Miguel Angel Jimenez on the first playoff hole to win the KLM Open in Zandvoort, Netherlands, for his second tour title of the year.

Jimenez made four early birdies to take the lead, but Luiten rallied on the back nine at the Kennemer Golf & Country Club, with both making par on the 18th to force the playoff. Jiminez shot a 3-under 67 while Luiten had a 68. Both finished with 12-under totals of 268.