Sophie Gustafson Opens Her Bag
After six long years of wondering when a win would come, Sophie Gustafson put together four solid rounds of golf at the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge to win for the fifth time in her career, and first since 2003. Gustafson finished with a tournament-record 20-under-par 268 score, and beat out the runner-up and World's top-ranked player, Lorena Ochoa, by four strokes.
Gustafson (65-69-66-68) started strong and never looked back, as she had control of the leaderboard all four days, just sharing it once after Saturday's third round with Ochoa. Starting the final round all tied up with Ochoa, Gustafson birdied the first hole of the day, staying determined as she has been all week in Danville, Calif. Her front nine holes saw an eagle, three birdies and two bogeys, while the back nine earned just a single birdie. The 4-under-par 68 turned out to be just what was needed to pick up her fifth career victory and first title since the Samsung World Championship in 2003. This was one of her best efforts.
"This is my first victory on the LPGA Tour," she said. "I won a couple of times in Europe, but it feels fantastic to win. It's one of my bests. I have been struggling with my putting, but my long game has been really good."
Sophie Gustafson's bag at the 2009 CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge
|Driver||Ping G10 (10.5 degrees; Mitsubishi JavlnFx M6 shaft)|
|3-wood||Callaway Hawk Eye (15.5 degrees)|
|Hybrid||Kasco K2K 44 (19 degrees)|
|Irons (4-PW)||Ping S57|
|Wedges||Ping i-Wedge (52, 56 and 60 degrees)|
|Putter||Yes! Golf C-Groove Tracy|
|Ball||Callaway Tour i|
|Footwear||Ecco Sport Tempo|