Pettersen beats Choi in playoff at Safeway Classic

August 21, 2011 - 10:05 PM
LPGA Tour Golf

Suzann Pettersen, of Norway, tees off on the 18th for the final round of the LPGA Safeway Classic golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, in North Plains, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) — Suzann Pettersen won the LPGA Safeway Classic on Sunday, overcoming a nine-stroke deficit with a 7-under 64 and beating Na Yeon Choi with a par on the first hole of a playoff at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

In the playoff, Choi's second shot on the par-4 18th went into the water to the right of the green, and she missed a putt for bogey before Pettersen sank her winning putt.

Pettersen won her second LPGA Tour title of the year and eighth overall. The Norwegian star jumped to No. 2 in the world rankings behind Yani Tseng.

Choi finished with a 73 to match Pettersen at 6 under on the Ghost Creek Course.