Anna Nordqvist Claims Victory at LPGA Kia Classic


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Anna Nordqvist rallied to win the Kia Classic by one shot at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, C.A., on Sunday to capture her second win in her last four LGPA starts.

The Swedish 27-year-old player was two strokes behind leaders Cristie Kerr and Lizette Salas when she entered the round, and finished with her second straight 5-under 67 for a one stroke victory over American player Salas.

Projected to rise from being ranked 16th to ninth in the world, Nordqvist finished with a 13-under par total 275 and earned $255,000. Salas birdied the 18th for a 70.

“I’m very excited. I still can’t believe it,” Nordqvist said.

“I was a couple of shots back going into today, but this morning I told myself to give it a shot and I ended up making quite of bit of birdies out there. I’m very excited to have two wins this season," she continued.

Nordqvist won the LPGA Thailand in February, beating out number-one ranked Park In-Bee, and previously won the LPGA Championship and LPGA Tour Championship in 2009.

Nordqvist had contemplated giving up golf after poor performances in 2013. She changed equipment and started working with instructor Jorje Parada in the off-season. Nordqvist will now head into the first major tournament of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Rancho Mirage, California, next week, with two wins under her belt thus far this year.

“I really love the majors,” Nordqvist said.

“It’s a tougher set up on course and I feel more pressure, more spotlight on the tournament and I like that. I like the test and it seems like it is going to be pretty windy next week which will make it tougher. I’m very happy with the way I’m playing and can’t wait to tee it up," she continued.

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