Anna Nordqvist successfully defends ShopRite LPGA title
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) Anna Nordqvist successfully defended her ShopRite LPGA Classic title Sunday, closing with a 7-under 64 in breezy conditions for a one-stroke victory.
The 28-year-old Swede became the oldest tour winner this year and the first to successfully defend a title since Inbee Park won the KPMG Women's PGA for the third straight time last year.
Nordqvist finished at 17-under 196 on the Donald Ross-designed Bay Course to tie the tournament record that Annika Sorenstam set in 1998 and matched in 2005. The 6-foot former Arizona State player earned $225,000 for her sixth tour title.
Nordqvist birdied three of the first four holes and added birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 to make the turn in 5-under 32. She also birdied the par-4 12th and 16th.
Japan's Haru Nomura, a two-time winner this year, was second after a 66.
Karine Icher, the second-round leader after matching the course record with a 62, had a 69 to finish third at 14 under.