Maria Hjorth holed a 12-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to win the 2010 LPGA Tour Championship by one shot over Amy Yang. Hjorth’s final-round 70 gave her a four-day total of 6-under-par 283 and her fourth-career LPGA Tour victory. Yang led Hjorth by one shot entering Sunday’s final round at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., but was derailed by a quadruple bogey on the third hole. She battled back and sank a birdie putt on 18 to get to 5-under-par, forcing Hjorth to make her par putt for the victory. “Obviously I'm feeling great after a win and those last three putts on 16, 17, 18, it was really amazing,” Hjorth said. “I'm just overwhelmed right now. I felt like I had a good line (on 18) and I knew if I can start it off that line, then hopefully it will go in, and it did.”
With the win, Hjorth pockets $225,000 and jumps 14 spots on the LPGA Official Money List. A four-time member of the European Solheim Cup Team, Hjorth adds a fourth title to her LPGA resume following wins at the 1999 SAFECO Classic, 1999 Mizuno Classic and 2007 LPGA Navistar Classic.
The win is Hjorth’s first since giving birth to daughter Emily in 2009. “Every win is emotional for me,” Hjorth said. “But being a mother and coming back after giving birth is definitely something that I've been hoping for. It's nice to prove that it's possible.”