Nordqvist rallies to win


CARLSBAD, Calif. — Anna Nordqvist rallied to win the Kia Classic at Aviara for her second victory in her last four LPGA Tour starts.

Two strokes behind leaders Cristie Kerr and Lizette Salas entering the round, Nordqvist closed with her second straight 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Salas.

Nordqvist won the LPGA Thailand last month to end a five-year victory drought, holding off top-ranked Inbee Park. The 26-year-old Swede also won the LPGA Championship and LPGA Tour Championship in 2009.

Projected to jump from 16th to ninth in the world, Nordqvist finished at 13-under 275 and earned $255,000.

Salas birdied the 18th for a 70.

Lexi Thompson was third at 11 under after a 68.

The Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major tournament of the year, is next week in Rancho Mirage.

LOUISIANA OPEN

BROUSSARD, La. — Kris Blanks won the Louisiana Open for his second career Web.com Tour title, closing a 9-under 62 and beating Brett Stegmaier with a 10-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff.

Seven strokes behind leader Kyle Reifers at the start of the round, Blanks matched Stegmaier at 14-under 270 at La Triomphe and earned $99,000.

The 41-year-old Blanks was making his first Web.com start of the year after playing five PGA Tour events. He had shoulder surgery a year ago.

Stegmaier finished with a 68. He missed a 60-foot birdie try on the third extra hole.

Reifers and Jonathan Randolph tied for third at 13 under. Randolph shot 67, and Reifers had a 70.

 

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