Originally created 05/03/04

Rosales gets first win on LPGA Tour

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Jennifer Rosales shot a 7-under-par 65 for her first LPGA Tour victory Sunday, overcoming Annika Sorenstam, Grace Park and other more acclaimed players to win the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.

Rosales began the day four strokes behind 18-year-old Aree Song, who was trying to become the youngest winner in the history of the women's tour.

Song fell apart in the final-day spotlight, soaring to a 78 that put her nine strokes behind Rosales.

The 25-year-old Filipino golfer, playing four threesomes ahead of the final group, saved par at the par-5 final hole despite knocking her second shot into the temporary clubs seats lining the left side of the green.

She signed for a 14-under 274, then watched nervously as several golfers tried to force a playoff at Eagle's Landing Country Club in suburban Atlanta. All failed.

Rosie Jones, who lives in Atlanta, needed a chip-in from the back fringe to pull even with the leader. The ball curled about two inches wide of the pin, leaving the 13-time LPGA Tour winner one stroke behind.

Becky Morgan of Wales had an easier chance for a tying birdie on 18, sticking her third shot just 6 feet from the cup. But she pulled the putt, also finishing at 275 and missing a chance to go for her first tour victory.

Park, who won the first major of the year at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, birdied 18 to wind up in a four-way tie for second.

Jung Yeon Lee of South Korea was the other runner-up, her closing-round 65 barely noticed since she finished more than an hour before the last group came in.

Sorenstam couldn't make any putts and settled for a 71, failing to win for only the second time in five tournaments this year. She wound up four shots behind Rosales.

Sorenstam's frustration boiled over when she lipped out a short eagle putt at 13 to end any hopes of making a charge. She flipped her putter in the air and caught it on the way down.

Mi Hyun Kim got her score to 14-under with a birdie at No. 11, but bogeys at 15 and 17 ended the Korean's hopes. She wound alone in sixth with a 276.

Song, who celebrated her 18th birthday on Saturday, came into the final round with a one-stroke lead. While the Korean teenager has contended at major championships, this was her first time going to Sunday with a lead.

It showed. After extending her streak without a bogey to 44 holes, Song totally fell apart on the back nine. She took double-bogeys at both 13 and 17, shooting 41 after the turn.


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