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Nordqvist wins Founders Cup

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Phoenix — Anna Nordqvist closed with a four-under 68 at the LPGA Tour’s Founders Cup on Sunday to hold off a trio of former major champions and earn her first victory of 2017.

Over the four days, Nordqvist posted 26 birdies, one eagle and just three bogeys to finish at 25-under 263, two shots better than Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, South Korean Chun In-Gee, and Stacy Lewis of the US.

This is the first win for the 29-year-old Swede since the debacle at the 2016 US Women’s Open in July where she was assessed a two stroke penalty in the playoff which allowed Brittany Lang to the claim the title.

Nordqvist’s score to par came within two strokes of the LPGA record of 27-under set in 2001 by fellow Swede Annika Sorenstam and matched last year by Kim Sei-Young.

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