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Pettersen beats Lee in playoff

SUZANN PETTERSEN 'I didn't expect to win.'

Not until the very end did Suzann Pettersen think she had a chance.

"I was like, 'Wow! It happened,' " she said of her first victory, which came yesterday when Jee Young Lee missed a 2-foot par putt on the third extra hole in the Michelob Ultra Open in Williamsburg, Va., and Pettersen calmly made her 1 1/2-footer.

The win came in Pettersen's 82d LPGA Tour event, and made her the first Norwegian to win on the premier women's tour.

"It feels special, I must say," she said. "Well, I didn't expect to win."

Four stokes behind Lee to start the day, Pettersen shot a 3-under-par 68 to match Lee (72) at 10-under 274, avoiding the bogeys that plagued Lee and most everyone else as a stiff wind roared.

"The wind was good for me," said Pettersen, who noted she felt she was striking the ball so purely, it didn't matter. "It made it a little difficult for the other ones."

Also good was Pettersen's recent history of near-misses, including two in March, at the Safeway International and the Kraft Nabisco, a major.

"Even the playoff, I don't think my heart rate was much more than when I played the regular 18 holes," Pettersen said. "It could possibly be the experience I had a month ago."

Both players parred the par-4 18th on the first two extra holes, and Lee seemed to have the upper hand the third time around when she hit her approach to about 12 feet while Pettersen's ball rested against the high grass at the edge of the fringe.

Pettersen's putt rolled just past the cup on the right side, leaving 1 1/2 feet, and Lee's attempt at the victory missed to the right, leaving a short putt for the tie.

Lee quickly went to knock hers in and it skated by on the right as the crowd gasped. "I just wanted to putt it and not have to wait," she explained through an interpreter. "Frankly speaking, I think I played well enough [to win], but I think I gave it away."

European -- Lee Westwood won his first European Tour title in almost four years, capturing the Andalucia Open in Marbella, Spain, by two strokes after closing with a 5-under 67 (20-under 268). Phillip Archer (65) and Fredrik Hed Andersson (66) were at 270.