Pettersen survives playoff, wins Lotte Championship

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Suzann Pettersen won the LPGA Lotte Championship on Saturday, beating Lizette Salas with a par on the first hole of a playoff after Salas chunked her approach shot into the water.

Pettersen, the leader after the second and third rounds at Ko Olina, bogeyed the final hole of regulation to set up the playoff on the par-4 18th. The 32-year-old Norwegian closed with a 5-under 67, and Salas had a tournament-record 62 to finish at 19-under 269.

Salas had a double bogey on the playoff hole. She played a nine-hole stretch in 9 under, birdieing Nos. 8-9, holing out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 10th and adding birdies on Nos. 12-16.

The 23-year-old American was coming off a devastating collapse two weeks ago in the Kraft Nabisco Championship when she closed with a 79 to tie for 25th after beginning the final round three strokes behind playing partner and eventual winner Inbee Park.

Pettersen won her 11th LPGA Tour title. She had consecutive LPGA Tour victories late last season in South Korea and Taiwan and won a Ladies European Tour event last month in China.

RBC Heritage

At Hilton Head Island, S.C., Charley Hoffman used a quick start to take a two-stroke lead over U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson after three rounds in the RBC Heritage.

Hoffman had four birdies on his first five holes and finished with a bogey-free 5-under 66 to reach 11 under on a windy, cool day at Harbour Town Golf Links. Simpson had a 65, tying the best round of the week.

Greater Gwinnett Championship

At Duluth, Ga., Esteban Toledo took a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's Greater Gwinnett Championship, completing a first-round 68 in the morning and adding a 2-under 70 in the second round.

Spanish Open

At Valencia, Spain, Scotland's Mark Warren shot a 4-under 68 at Parador de El Saler to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Spanish Open.

Warren had an 8-under 208 total. Scotland's Craig Lee was second after a 70. American Peter Uihlein, the second-round leader, had a 74 to fall four shots back.


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