Date: October 27, 2008

Alfredsson wins in China

Helen Alfredsson fired a seven-under-par 65 in the final round to capture the Grand China Air LPGA tournament by three shots on Sunday. Alfredsson finished at 204 to beat Yani Tseng, who fired a 68 and wound up at 207. The Swede started the day five shots behind second-round leader Karen Stupples but took a one-shot advantage after playing the first 11 holes in six under. She added birdies on numbers 14 and 17 to more than offset a bogey on 18. Tseng finished with five birdies and a bogey in her final round. Katherine Hull was the best of the Aussies, finishing in a tie for 23rd at one-under overall. First-round leader Laura Diaz finished in third place at eight under after an even-par round of 72. Stupples, who was aiming for her first title since 2004, stumbled to a three-over 75 and finished in fourth. Stupples birdied the third and fourth holes but had only one other birdie against six bogeys the rest of the way. Rainy conditions played a role at the US$1.8 million event – the first official LPGA tournament in China – but the weather started to cooperate as play was not stopped during the final round.