Pettersen birdies 16 and 17 to win Manulife LPGA Classic

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(Reuters) - Suzann Pettersen paid tribute to new coach Butch Harmon after winning the Manulife LPGA Classic by a stroke in Ontario on Sunday.

The 34-year-old from Norway countered a sizzling charge by American Brittany Lang with a late birdie run of her own to secure the victory in breezy conditions on the Whistle Bear course in Cambridge.

With Lang already in the clubhouse after a brilliant seven-under-par 65, Pettersen made a tap-in birdie at the par-five 16th to tie and then a five-footer at the 17th to regain the lead.

A tap-in par at the last gave Pettersen her 15th LPGA victory, and her first in two years.

“I’m so glad I made a move to go to Butch,” Pettersen told Golf Channel after shooting a 69 for a 22-under 266 total. “I feel like it’s better than it’s ever been and thank Butch for believing in me.”

Harmon, who began working with Pettersen late last year, is the instructor who guided Tiger Woods during the first six years of Woods’ professional career.

Pettersen started the final round with a one-stroke lead, but fell back with two early bogeys.

“I kept digging deep and finished strong, and I feel like I played really good golf this week,” she said.

“It’s nice to be back. There’s probably been some tears of pain, feeling like you’re bouncing your head against the wall with injuries.”   Continued...

Suzann Pettersen of Norway hits from the fifth tee during the second round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic women's golf tournament at the Grey Silo course in Waterloo, June 6, 2014.  REUTERS/Mark Blinch