Helen Alfredsson wins U.S. Senior Women's Open by two shots

Helen Alfredsson wins U.S. Senior Women's Open by two shots

Metro Golf Notes Associated Press
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Helen Alfredsson of Sweden exults after sinking the final putt to win the U.S. Senior Women's Open.

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (AP) — Helen Alfredsson has won the U.S. Senior Women's Open by two strokes.

Alfredsson shot an even-par 72 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club on Sunday to finish at 1-over 285 and earn her first USGA title.

“Just to have something USGA, it feels very nice,” Alfredsson said, a two-time U.S. Women’s Open runner-up. “Since one of my first years when I finished second, it was very special.

“I know one of the toughest tests you ever will do in golf is play a U.S. Open. And I always like tough, I think. Maybe not at 54, but, yeah, it's nice to have that USGA.”

The 54-year-old Swede earned $180,000 in prize money for this victory, along with a 10-year exemption into the event and an invitation to the May 30-June 2 U.S. Women's Open at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina, should she decide to accept it.

She began the final round tied with Trish Johnson, who finished third last year at Chicago Golf Club and slipped with consecutive bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14. Alfredsson closed her round with 13 consecutive pars.

Johnson and Juli Inkster finished two strokes back.

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