DANVILLE, Calif. — Sophie Gustafson is finally an LPGA Tour winner again, cruising to a four-stroke victory over top-ranked Lorena Ochoa in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge on Sunday.
The 35-year-old Swede shot a 4-under 68 at Blackhawk Country Club and finished at 20-under 268 to win her first title since the 2003 Samsung World Championship. She takes home the $165,000 winning purse for her fifth career tour victory.
She beamed while walking across the bridge to the 18th green, even high-fiving a tournament official. Once it was official, she shared a long embrace with her caddie.
The 5-foot-10 Gustafson, who overcame her first two bogeys on the front nine all week, never dazzled but she didn’t have to be on a day Ochoa struggled to putt. Gustafson gained a stroke on Ochoa with her birdie on No. 13.
Ochoa shot an even-par 72 on Sunday to finish at 16 under. She’s winless in 11 starts since taking the Corona Championship in her native Mexico in late April. She has only two victories in 16 events this year after winning 21 times in the previous three years.
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Tom Pernice Jr. moved into position to become the 15th player to win his Champions Tour debut, shooting his second bogey-free 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead in the SAS Championship.
Pernice, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, is trying to become the third player this year to win in his debut, following Tom Lehman, who teamed with Bernhard Langer in the Liberty Mutual Legends, and Senior PGA winner Michael Allen.