Jennifer Johnson won the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic at RTJ Golf Trail, Magnolia Grove, the Crossings Course, breaking the Tournament record with -21 under par score.
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Jennifer fired in a final round -7 under par 65, for a tournament total of -21 under par, to become a deserved Rolex first-time winner at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in Mobile Alabama. She confessed to being a little shocked at the result;
” I’m a little shocked, I didn’t even realize I shot 65. The whole back nine was kind of like a; I don’t know, I don’t know what was happening. And yeah, the birdie putt on 17, that’s when I started to think a little bit more about winning the tournament, on 17. A little bit on the front nine, but you can’t afford to think about that. Before I hit my birdie putt on 17, I saw that Pornanong was tied with me at 20 and I didn’t want a playoff so I was like, I’m going to make this thing. The putter has kind of been the missing link all the tournaments because I’m hitting the ball so well and when they go in, it really helps score. Before this week I had experimented with more of a forward press and it just doesn’t fit my style of putting. So I worked with my coach on making it kind of more like a pendulum and this new putter that I put in play really emphasizes that, and so I can like stroke it easier and I don’t have to work as hard to get it like rolling on line.”
Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum raced up the leaderboard with a run of five birdies on the back nine, including three-consecutively, to close out the round as the clubhouse leader at -20 under par.
Tied with Pornanong at -20 under par was Jessica Korda. Pornanong had three putted the first hole, three days on the trot. She said it was something about that 1st hole;
“ I think like the 1st hole I three‑putt like, yeah. every day, three‑putt. Just the thing about the 1st hole, just keep going with what I have to do. I just concentrate on my game and do what I have to do and try my best, yeah, and putting very good today, so like just didn’t have pressure on myself today.”
There was a whole bunch of ladies at T4 on -19 under par, Jiyai Shin, Ariya Jutanugarn, Karrie Webb, Anna Nordqvist and Chella Choi.
Defending Champion Stacy Lewis finished T6 at -18 under par, and said she had just been concentrating on making birdies all day;
” I was just trying to make birdies. It wasn’t really until probably the last five or six holes that I really started paying attention to what people were doing. You just try to make as many birdies as you could. It was fun there at the end, though, because Jennifer was making putts and I don’t think she realized what she was doing. I told her when I hugged her, I said, I think you just won yourself a golf tournament, and she’s kind of like, what? It was really cute. But she played great today.”
As the final scores show, this was a hotly contested tournament, all credit to the professional Ladies of the LPGA.