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News and notes for the week of November 23, 2009

1. Rookie Nordqvist wins season-ending LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex
2. Photo Finish for Rolex Player of the Year
3. Multiple winners on 2009 LPGA Tour
4. Weather-shortened events
5. Rolex Rankings move of the week: Nordqvist moves up six spots with win
6. Choi sets tournament record
7. Kim crosses money milestone
8. Steinhauer wins Legends Tour Open Championship

1. Rookie Nordqvist wins season-ending LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex
Ochoa wins Rolex Player of the Year by one point with 54th hole birdie

RICHMOND, Texas - In a week where the second-round took more than 67 hours to finish and the event was cut to 54 holes, Anna Nordqvist needed just about two hours and eight holes to clinch her second-career victory on the LPGA Tour. The 22-year-old Swede carded seven birdies in a span of eight holes in the final round to earn a two-stroke victory from 2009 Rolex Player of the Year Lorena Ochoa at the LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex.

"There were a lot of good players out there," Nordqvist said after accepting the $225,000 first-place check. "It was pretty tight up the leaderboard, so, I mean, you really gotta shoot low in order to pull it off. I was very, very happy with how I finished up the round."

Nordqvist became the fourth multiple winner on the LPGA Tour this year with a victory at the Houstonian Golf & Country Club. Nordqvist, who won her first-career major at the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola, carded a 7-under-par 65 in the final round on Monday to join Ochoa, Jiyai Shin and Na Yeon Choi as multiple winners on Tour in 2009. Her three-day tally of 13-under-par 203 (70-68-65) was enough to defeat world number one and four-time Rolex Player of the Year Lorena Ochoa by two shots.

Nordqvist birdied five consecutive holes to take a two-shot lead with six holes to play, but a bogey at 13 dropped her lead to one shot. Ochoa then birdied the 15th to tie for the lead, but Nordqvist countered with birdies at 14 and 15 to go two shots up on Ochoa with three holes to play. Ochoa made bogey from the sand on 17 and an important birdie on the 18th hole which clinched her fourth-consecutive Rolex Player of the Year award.

2. Photo Finish for Rolex Player of the Year

A total of 3,096 holes were played this year between Jiyai Shin (89 rounds x 18 holes each = 1,602 holes) and Lorena Ochoa (83 rounds x 18 holes = 1,494 holes) and it all came down to the last shot of the 3,096th hole to determine the winner. To break that down another step, a combined total of 12,076 strokes were taken between Ochoa and Shin and it came down to the last stroke to determine the winner for this year's Rolex Player of the Year. That's a pretty tight competition.


3. Multiple winners on 2009 LPGA Tour:

3, Jiyai Shin, HSBC Women's Champions, Wegmans LPGA, P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons
3, Lorena Ochoa, Honda LPGA Thailand, Corona Championship, Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV
2, Na Yeon Choi, Samsung World Championship, Hana Bank • KOLON Championship
2, Anna Nordqvist, McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola, LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex


4. Weather-shortened events

The LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex was the seventh tournament since 1983 to be shortened from 72 to 54 holes.

2009 LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex, Anna Nordqvist 203 (-13)
2008 Sybase Classic Presented by ShopRite, Lorena Ochoa 206 (-10)
2006 Sybase Classic Presented by Lincoln Mercury, Lorena Ochoa 208 (-5)
2003 LPGA State Farm Classic, Candie Kung 202 (-14)
2000 Japan Airlines Big Apple Classic Presented by GOLF MAGAZINE, Annika Sorenstam 206 (-7)
1996 McDonald's LPGA Championship, Laura Davies 213 (E)
1983 Standard Register Turquoise Classic, Anne-Marie Palli 205 (-14)


5. Rolex Rankings move of the week: Nordqvist moves up six spots with win

Anna Nordqvist moved up six spots in the Rolex Rankings with her second victory of the season at the LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex in Richmond, Texas, this past weekend. Nordqvist is now ranked 7th in the world.
         
The Rolex Rankings (www.rolexrankings.com) are sanctioned by the five major women's professional golf tours: the LPGA; Ladies European Tour (LET); Ladies Professional Golfers' Association of Japan (LPGA of Japan); Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA); Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG); as well as the Ladies Golf Union (LGU), which administers the RICOH Women's British Open.

The Rolex Ranking Board and Technical committee recently agreed on several modifications to the Strength of Field calculations which include: an increase in the World Points factor from 200 to 400; a minimum value of 100 for Strength of Field for all Tours, except the Duramed FUTURES Tour; and the implementation of a true Strength of Field calculation for Duramed FUTURES Tour events, rather than the fixed points ratio of the past.

The Rolex Rankings are the only women's world rankings that incorporate player performances from the five major tours and the Duramed FUTURES Tour, the official developmental tour of the LPGA.


6. Choi sets tournament record

South Korean Na Yeon Choi carded four consecutive birdies to start her day and eagled the par-4 ninth hole to turn at 6-under-par 30 in Monday's final round at the LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex. The two-time LPGA winner added three more birdies and a lone bogey at the 13th to set the tournament record at 8-under-par 64. She finished the week tied for third with Kristy McPherson, who entered the final round with the lead for the third time in her career.


7. Kim crosses money milestone

Song-Hee Kim crossed $1 million in season-earnings with her tie for fifth at the LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex. Kim is the 11th $1 million winner on Tour in 2009.


8. Steinhauer wins Legends Tour Open Championship

In her debut on the Legends Tour, Sherri Steinhauer cashed in the $50,000 winner's check at the first-ever major championship on the Legends Tour. Steinhauer carded a 3-under-par 141 (71-70) overall score to top the field of 44 LPGA Tour Legends, which included seven LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Famers, in the Legends Tour Open Championship. Allison Finney finished runner-up at even-par 144 (75-69), and fired a tournament-low 69 in the final round.

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