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Who is Back in the Winner's Circle - One of my Favorite Female Players!

Who is Back in the Winner’s Circle – One of my Favorite Female Players!

Who is Back in the Winner’s Circle – One of my Favorite Female Players!

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One of my favorite female players on the LPGA Tour is Suzann Pettersen.

This Norweigan player, whose adopted hometown is Orlando, FL, has just won her 15th LPGA tournament at the Manulife LPGA Classic in Cambridge, Ontario. She has also won 7 times on the Ladies European Tour.

Pettersen credited new coach Butch Harmon for taking her game to the next level. However, I have followed Suzann’s career for several years, and I feel that her aggressive, no-fear style of play was a big factor in this latest victory. The weather at Whistle Bear Golf Club featured howling winds each day, so Pettersen’s play method, plus her physical strength, definitely helped her capture the trophy. I’ve loved watching the TV clips of Suzann going through her work-out routines in the gym – she is relentless in achieving optimum strength and flexibility to reach her golf goals.

Have I mentioned that she is 5’8” and a natural beauty? Go, Suzann!

Who is Back in the Winner’s Circle – One of my Favorite Female Players!

Thanks to Mike Ganter for his story in the Toronto Sun.

Who is Back in the Winner's Circle - One of my Favorite Female Players!

Suzann Pettersen kisses her trophy after finishing first at the Manulife LPGA Classic at the Whistle Bear Golf Club at Cambridge, Ont. on June 7, 2015. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/Toronto Sun)

CAMBRIDGE, ONT. – Suzann Pettersen is back in the winner’s circle, and she’s giving a good chunk of the credit to her new swing coach Butch Harmon.

Pettersen birdied holes 16 and 17 with the wind howling at Whistling Bear Golf Club to edge former winner Brittany Lang by a stroke to take the fourth instalment of the Manulife LPGA Classic.

It was her first win in two years and the first win at this event by a European.

Lang had the low round of the day at seven under but it was Pettersen who came charging down the stretch to regain a lead she had held for the better part of half the tournament.

Lang strung together birdies on 15, 16, and 17 and after a par on 18 headed over to the gallery to sign autographs for fans while she waited for Pettersen, who was a stroke back with two holes to play, to finish.

Before Lang had strayed too far from the scorer’s tent, Pettersen had already taken that stroke back with a birdie on 16 and then birdied 17 to take the lead for good as it turned out.

Afterward, Pettersen spoke glowingly of the impact Harmon has had on her game.

She moved on from long time coach David Leadbetter after an injury-plagued 2014 and started working with Harmon in December.

“I have only good things to say about Butch,” Pettersen said.

“He took my game to a new level. He’s no sugar coater and gives me what I need every single time. It’s nice to finally see the results. Obviously, I can see the difference in my game but the general public might not see what I feel.”

Everyone saw what Pettersen was feeling this week in Cambridge as she went three full rounds without a bogey before carding two in the first five holes Sunday as the wind picked up at Whistle Bear allowing the course to finally show some teeth.

“I managed to get my head together and play some good golf and played aggressive after that,” Pettersen said.

The saving grace may have come on the 12th hole, where Pettersen drained a 25-footer from the fringe for eagle and a two-shot lead at that point.

She would need that and more after Lang’s late charge. But that set the tone for the rest of the day for Pettersen.

“Hopefully I didn’t peak one week too early,” Pettersen said already looking ahead to next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. “This is the start of a big summer. There is a lot to be done. You can’t sit and enjoy too much. Already tomorrow you have to get ready and start preparing for the next one.”

As for Harmon, he just suits Pettersen’s needs right now.

“He is a great mentor more than anything and he makes you work hard and hard work pays off,” Pettersen said. “That’s what I live for.”

The win was the 15th of Pettersen’s career. With Harmon on side, you can bet she has plans for more.

For the full story on Suzann Pettersen’s win, click here.

Source: Toronto Sun   Mike Ganter

Pictures: Ernest Doroszuk        Keith Allison

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