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Nordqvist captures Kia Classic title
Carding a dazzling five under 67 in the final round of the LPGA’s Kia Classic, Anna Nordqvist claimed a memorable one stroke victory to earn a cool $255,000.
Nordqvist was two strokes behind leaders Lizette Salas and Cristie Kerr going into Sunday’s showdown, but rallied to hole six birdies in her final round.
"I'm very excited. I still can't believe it," said the 26-year-old.
"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."
Collecting a winning purse of $255,000 is obviously something to be happy about, but Nordqvist may also be just as pleased to see herself jump from 16th to 9th in the world rankings.
"My hands were shaking a little, I'm not going to lie," said Nordqvist, who two-putted for par on the 18th green.
"You never know with the sun setting you see every little spike mark. So I tried not to focus on that and see the hole."
The first major of the year kicks off next week at the Kraft Nabisco, and Nordqvist will be hoping to take her scintillating form into that tournament as well.
"I really love the majors," she enthused. "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."