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Sorenstam wins Women's British Open; now owns career grand slam

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Lancashire, England (Sports Network) - fired a three-under 69 on Sunday to win the Women's British Open by one stroke over . Sorenstam, who finished the event at 10-under-par 278, also captures the final leg of the career grand slam. Sorenstam won her first U.S. Women's Open in 1995, then claimed her Kraft Nabisco Championship crown in 2001 and she titled at the McDonald's LPGA Championship earlier this season for her wins in the other majors.

She is the sixth player in LPGA history to achieve the career Grand Slam, joining , , Pat Bradley, Louise Suggs and Mickey Wright.

"I felt the pressure, but then on the other hand, I felt this is what it's all about, to play in a major championship where you have to perform, and it was a great feeling," said Sorenstam, who earns $254,880 for the win. "Now I'm sitting here with a trophy, this is what I wanted for so long. And so obviously I feel relieved."

Sorenstam made a remarkable turnaround from last year's Women's British Open. She missed the cut in 2002 when the event was held at Turnberry.

"I wanted this one pretty badly," said Sorenstam. "It hasn't actually sunk in yet, because it was such hard work out there. I was looking at the leaderboard all day, and it seemed like everybody was right there and it seemed like everybody wanted to win. It's a tough golf course, and I knew that I couldn't afford to make a mistake."

Webb, the 2002 champion, posted a one-under 71 to finish the event at eight- under-par 280. She shared third place with (70). Overnight leader Patricia Meunier-Lebouc struggled to a four-over 76. Meunier-Lebouc and Wendy Ward (75) tied for fifth at six-under-par 282.

Sorenstam began the day at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club two shots off the pace of Meunier-Lebouc. The Swede fell back a shot when she bogeyed the par-four fourth.

She began her climb to the top of the leaderboard with a birdie at the par- five sixth. That got her back to minus-eight and two shots behind the leaders at the time.

Sorenstam continued her steady play as the leaders stumbled and her birdie on the par-five 11th got her to nine-under. While she parred Nos. 12-14, the field came back to her and she found herself tied for the lead.

The 32-year-old grabbed the outright lead with a birdie at the 15th. Pak then joined her atop the leaderboard with a birdie on No. 16.

The tournament seemed to be headed for a playoff, but Pak stumbled to a bogey at the last and the title was Sorenstam's.

"I keep telling myself, 'you've hit the shot before and you can do it,'" Sorenstam said. "I didn't think about consequences, and focused on what I had to do. On 18, that was probably one of the toughest holes out here, and I pull out the driver and I was telling myself, 'You've got to hit a draw, hit a draw,' and that's just what I focused on."

Sorenstam now owns 46 career titles, including six major crowns.

"I knew what was at stake today, not just the championship, but the grand slam and so forth," Sorenstam said. "But there's enough pressure just to play this golf course. There's enough emotion just to be out here that I try not to think about the history and what it would mean."

Webb is the last player to win two majors in one season. She captured the McDonald's LPGA Championship and U.S. Women's Open in 2001.

Pak posted an even-par 72 Sunday. She bogeyed the fourth and birdied the seventh to make the turn at nine-under. The South Korean dropped another shot at 10, but climbed into a share of the lead with birdies at 12 and 16.

However, for the second straight round, Pak bogeyed the 18th hole and this time it cost her a chance at a playoff.

"I got a couple of bad bounces, especially on the par-fives," said Pak. "I was in great shape with Annika, but for some reason I missed a lot today. I wasn't expecting that finish, that bogey on 18, but I just did my best today.

"It's not the way I want to be but I'm still happy with my results. This is golf. I'm kind of a little bit unhappy about the way it ended, but it was fun all day, so I'm not going to do much complaining at all."

Vicki Goetze-Ackerman finished alone in seventh place at five-under-par 283. Sophie Gustafson ended one stroke behind her at minus-four.

Young Kim carded a two-under 70 in the final round to come in at three-under- par 285 in solo ninth. Candie Kung and Gloria Park were one stroke further back at minus-two.

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