Date: August 25, 2008

Kerr wins Safeway Classic

Cristie Kerr birdied the first hole of a three-way play-off to win the Safeway Classic on Sunday. Kerr closed with a seven-under-par 65 to move to 13-under 203 and force a play-off with Helen Alfredsson and Sophie Gustafson at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. A birdie from 15 feet at the first extra hole gave Kerr her 11th career LPGA Tour victory and a first prize of $US250,000. Alfredsson entered Sunday&aposs final round with a one-stroke lead and closed with a 69, while Gustafson signed for a 68 to earn a spot in the play-off. Australian Katherine Hull, who captured the Canadian Women&aposs Open last week, finished fourth on 11-under after a 67. Defending champion Lorena Ochoa finished in a tie for sixth on seven-under, while Karrie Webb was among a group of players a further shot back at six-under. Meanwhile, Gwladys Nocera won her eighth Ladies European Tour event at the SAS Ladies Masters in Oslo. Starting the third and final round a shot behind Diana Luna of Italy, the 33-year-old from France closed with a four-under 68 to finish on 13-under-par 203 at Haga Golf Club. Nocera won by three from Spaniard Tania Elosegui, who had a 67 and England&aposs Samantha Head, who had a 68, with a further eight players in a share of third place on eight-under. The victory was Nocera&aposs third of the season and underlined her dominance on the LET this year after wins in Scotland and Holland. She became the sole player to have won three times this year, a feat she also achieved in 2006, but still lies in second place on the New Star Money List behind Sweden&aposs Helen Alfredsson, who won the lucrative Evian Masters in July. “My aim is still to win the New Star Money List so I knew I had to win at least this week and a couple more. I&aposm getting closer to my goal but I still have a lot of work to do,” said the two-time Solheim Cup player. “I really played well today, the best round of the week.” Karen Lunn was the leading Australian in a tie for 23rd place at two-under, while Leah Hart and Anna Rawson shared 27th spot at one-under. Nocera made two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine to find herself in a tie for the lead with Luna after nine holes on the final day. After both players birdied the par-five 10th hole, they remained neck and neck but Luna bogeyed the 12th hole giving Nocera the advantage. At the 481-yard, par-five, 14th hole, Nocera rolled in a 23-footer for eagle and then cemented her lead with back-to-back birdies on holes 16 and 17. At the 372-yard, par-four 18th, Nocera found the water on the right with her tee shot, but maintained her composure to take a bogey. Head, who earned two victories on the LET in 1999 and 2001, posted her best finish since the 2005 OTP Bank Ladies Central European Open in Hungary. Head had been struggling until a forced break from golf due to tonsillitis gave her time to review the situation. “I wasn&apost shooting any low scores and a couple of weeks ago I had to pull out of the British Open after qualifying and I was so gutted but it gave me two weeks off to think about why I&aposm not shooting low scores. Those two weeks off really helped me,” she explained. “I was not holing enough putts. That was it. I just thought about how I&aposm going to hole more putts. I worked in my own head, visualisation and all that stuff. I did it by myself.” Third Round of the Safeway Classic, Portland, USA -13: Christie Kerr 71 67 65 (won in playoff), Helen Alfredsson 67 67 69, Sophie Gustafson 67 68 68 -11: Katherine Hull (Australia) 71 67 67 -10: Hee-Won Han 68 72 66 -7: Paula Creamer 69 68 72, Lorena Ochoa 69 70 70, Catriona Matthew 69 70 70, Angela Park 66 73 70, Annika Sorenstam 72 68 69 -6: Laura Diaz 69 73 68, Allison Fouch 71 71 68, Jee Young Lee 70 68 72, Hee Young Park 67 72 71, Eunjung Yi 71 71 68, Karrie Webb (Asutralia) 70 69 71 Third Round of the SAS Masters, Norway -13: Gwladys Nocera 69 66 68 -10: Tania Elosegui 70 69 67, Samantha Head 70 68 68 -8: Becky Brewerton 72 67 69, Johanna Head 69 71 68, Diana Luna 66 68 74, Lee-Anne Pace 71 67 70, Nina Reis 68 71 69, Iben Tinning 69 68 71, Johanna Westerberg 71 69 68, Emma Zackrisson 73 67 68 -6: Carmen Alonso 69 71 70, Beatriz Recari 72 65 73, Kirsty S. Taylor 74 65 71, Ashleigh Simon 72 68 70 -5: Anne-Lise Caudal 71 70 70, Matina Eberl 72 67 72, Marianne Skarpnord 66 75 70, Lena Tornvall 74 68 69 Also: -2: Karen Lunn (Australia) 72 69 73 -1: Leah Hart (Australia) 75 69 71, Anna Rawson (Australia) 73 69 73 +3: Francis Bondad (Australia) 73 71 75