Date: February 15, 2009
Author: Sportal

Stanford wins SBS Open

Angela Stanford picked up right where she left off in 2008 with a victory at the season-opening SBS Open at Turtle Bay in Hawaii. Stanford played beautifully when it mattered most with three late birdies to edge out home-town favourite Michelle Wie by three strokes at 10-under-par. Stanford and Wie began the day locked at eight under, Wie was the first to put the pressure on with an 18-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole to take a two shot lead. The momentum swung back in Stanford&aposs favor at the 11th when Wie hit her drive into a water hazard and made a double bogey. Stanford took advantage of the mistake by shotting three consecutive birdies on holes 13, 14 and 15 to make sure of her fourth career LPGA Tour victory. “The win this week, to be perfectly honest, I&aposm a little surprised,” said Stanford after claiming the $180,000 first-place check. “I didn&apost have high expectations and I knew there were things that I need to keep working on. As for the way it&aposs been going, I know I say this over and over and over, but I&aposm just having so much fun.” Stanford has now held the final-round lead in each of her four career victories. The 31-year-old tied the three-day tournament record of 10-under-par set by 2006 champion Joo Mi Kim and matched by 2008 champion Annika Sorenstam.