PUMA(R) Golf Athlete Anna Nordqvist Wins McDonald's LPGA Championship
Rookie Nordqvist Clinches First LPGA Major
Rookie Nordqvist Clinches First LPGA Major
BOSTON, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- PUMA(R) Golf athlete and newcomer to the LPGA tour Anna Nordqvist won her first Major on Sunday at the McDonald's LPGA Championship at the Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre de Grace, Maryland.
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The 22 year-old, Swedish born Nordqvist, who signed with PUMA Golf in March 2009, shot a 4- under 68 on Sunday to beat Lindsay Wright and Ji Yai Shin who finished second and third, respectively. Nordqvist won wearing the PUMA Golf Stretch Tech Skort, the PUMA Golf Polo, the PUMA Scramble shoe with Smart Quill technology and the Cat Wristband.
"What an exciting first Major for Anna. She carried the day. All of us at PUMA are thrilled to be a part of her LPGA debut win," said Bob Phillion, Business Unit Manager, PUMA Golf. "Something tells me this is more than just beginner's luck. Anna has proven she's a strong competitor, who brings new energy to the tour. PUMA has a history of scouting up and coming talent; Anna is one such rising star. We can't wait to see just how far she will go."
Playing in only her fifth tournament on the LPGA tour, Nordqvist won by four strokes. Nordqvist finished at 15-under 273 in the tournament's final stand. After watching her five-shot lead dwindle to one, Nordqvist sank a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 14 and clinched her first career victory with a 35-foot putt for birdie on No. 15. Throughout tournament play, she remained calm, collected and consistent--in this case, the recipe for success. Or perhaps it was the PUMA wristbands that imbued her with Wonder Woman-like powers on the course.
Nordqvist is just the fourth Swede in history to win a Major. Prior to turning pro in December of 2008, she was one of the world's highest ranking amateur players. In 2008 alone, she won the Ladies British Amateur, Sweden's World Amateur Team Championship and the Ladies European Team Championship. Nordqvist attended Arizona State University where she secured twenty Top 10 finishes in a total of twenty-four college tournaments, was named First Team All American in 2007 and 2008 and graduated with a number one ranking among amateur players overall.
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