PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Suzann Pettersen won the Safeway Classic for the second time in three years Sunday, taking advantage of playing partner Yani Tseng's final-round collapse at Columbia Edgewater.
Three strokes behind leader Tseng entering the round, the third-ranked Pettersen closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over second-ranked Stacy Lewis.
Pettersen finished at 20-under 268 for her 12th LPGA Tour victory. The 32-year-old Norwegian also won the LPGA Lotte in Hawaii in April and won a Ladies European Tour event in March in China. She won the 2011 tournament at Pumpkin Ridge.
"I felt like this was a good bounce back from last week when I kind of screwed it up on the last day," said Pettersen, who finished eight strokes behind winner Lydia Ko in the Canadian Women's Open after beginning the final round a shot back.
"I tried to give myself chances. Once I got going I felt like I made a lot of clutch putts. I guess that's what made me win today. The putter was a good friend of mine."
Tseng followed her third-round 63 with a 78 to tie for ninth at 12 under. The Taiwanese star, a 15-time winner on the tour who had a 109-week run at No. 1 in the world ranking, is winless in 37 events since the Kia Classic in March 2012.
Lewis, a three-time winner this year, shot a 68.
"It was a little frustrating. I played really good, though, so I can't be upset," Lewis said. "A lot of those putts I hit exactly where I wanted to and they just didn't go in. A bogey-free tournament I've never done before, so I keep checking things off the list."
Lizette Salas was third at 17 under after a 69, and 2008 champion Cristie Kerr was another stroke back after a 69.
A 72-hole event for the time, the tournament returned to Columbia Edgewater after four years at Pumpkin Ridge. Columbia Edgewater also was the tournament site from 1990-2008.
For Pettersen, the Safeway victory capped an emotional three-week period. It started with Solheim Cup, where Pettersen helped Europe rout the United States in Parker, Colo.
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