The final nine was more of a victory lap than anything, as Sorenstam took in the cheers of the crowd on her way to certain victory.
She finished 15 under, eight shots ahead of Rosie Jones and 10 ahead of the next two challengers, Laura Diaz and Cristie Kerr.
“Somebody said you didn’t make it exciting,” she said. “But for me it was exciting.”
Sorenstam’s win was not only her fifth in a row over two seasons, but her seventh in her last nine tournaments. She hasn’t shot a round over par since last June 27 in the Rochester LPGA, where she had a 1-over 73.
Since then, Sorenstam has played 43 rounds at par and better. Even worse for those playing against her, she believes the best is still ahead.
“I feel like I’m starting to reach my peak,” Sorenstam said. “And I want to get there.”
Jones finished with a pair of 71s in the final two rounds after being tied for the lead going into the third round. She also got a close-up look at the best player in women’s golf.
“She didn’t show any nerves at all,” Jones said. “Her ball striking was just great.”
Sorenstam didn’t make a bogey all weekend, playing methodically as she made her way around a 6,535-yard course that was supposed to play tough with narrow fairways and deeper than normal rough.
Just for fun, Sorenstam capped off her command performance by going for the green in two on the 485-yard final hole. Her 4-wood safely cleared the water, and Sorenstam took a victory lap on her way to the green, exchanging high-fives with spectators as she walked past the grandstands.
She promptly three-putted from about 100 feet, but it was of little consequence. When she tapped in for the win, her sister and a few others raced on the green and sprayed her with champagne.
Teenager Michelle Wie finished outside the top 10 for the first time in three years in the Nabisco, shooting a 71 to finish at even par, 15 shots back. That was two shots better than fellow teen Morgan Pressel.
“It was a really strange week,” Wie said. “For some reason I couldn’t shoot low, and I really couldn’t pinpoint what was wrong.”
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