LPGA TOUR: Lilia Wu earns fourth win of season and earns world No. 1 at The Annika | Golf News

Lilia Vu will regain the world No. 1 ranking and close in on the LPGA Tour Player of the Year award after a stunning win in Florida; Watch the CME Group Tour Championship live all week on Sky Sports Golf

23:02, UK, Sunday 12 November 2023

Lilia Wu is poised to return to world No. 1 after recording her fourth LPGA Tour win of the season with a three-shot win at the Annika, directed by Cainbridge in Florida.

Vu, who started the final round three shots behind Emily Christine Pedersen at Pelican Golf Club, shot a four-under 66 on Sunday to finish the week at 19 and increase her chances of being crowned LPGA Tour player of the year.

The two-time major winner opened with three birdies in six holes, then canceled out a bogey on the 15th with back-to-back birdies. 16 under.

Lilia Wu recorded her fourth win of the season and regained the world No. 1 ranking

Vu came into the tournament three points behind Celine Boutier in the points-based LPGA Player of the Year race, with the American’s victory now putting her 27-point ahead of the Frenchwoman heading into the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.

„I think every victory I’ve had has had its own battle, and I think I’m me again today,” Wu said. The wheels were falling off a little bit on the back nine [caddie Cole Pensanti] I said, 'Hey, play your game and one shot at a time, we can make any putt from anywhere,’ so keep that positive attitude.”

Lee and Munoz matched 67s to share second place and Korea’s Amy Yang tied for fourth, while overnight leader Pedersen faded on the final day and dropped to fifth after a four-over 74.

Pedersen failed to make a birdie and saw her season come to an abrupt end from her bid for her first LPGA Tour title when a final hole double-bogey dropped her out of the top 60 in the season-long standings and saw her fall short. Qualify for the CME Group Tour Championship.

Overnight president Emily Christine Pedersen (left) congratulates Lilia Wu after her win.

While Australia’s Stephanie Griago shared a 67 to finish fifth, Madeleine Sackstrom missed the mark and dropped out of the top 60, although Pedersen’s costly decision saw Sweden advance to next week’s season finale.

China’s Ruing Yin is out of contention for the Rolex Player of the Year after finishing seventh in the tie, while Boutier will need a win and will finish eighth or worse next week if he is to take the title.

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