THERE was a time when Suzann Pettersen went 20 months without a win – in 2010 she finished runner-up six times.

The 31 year old now has three wins in the last six months, is up to seventh in the world and will once again headline Europe’s defence of the Solheim Cup.

Her latest victory came at the Mission Hills World Ladies Championship in China where she came from two shots behind Inbee Park to win by one after closing with a blemish-free 66.
The next best was defending champion Shanshan Feng, seven shots adrift of the Norwegian, who is now up to 16 victories around the world and six on the Ladies’ European Tour.

I guess with the title I can call myself the world champion. Along with Marianne Skarpnord the pair also finished second in the team event where Korea, Park was paired with Ha Neul Kim, were the predictable winners.

Kim also landed another prize by being voted the best dressed player on course as voted for by the public, with an incredible 1,016,191 votes cast in her favour. She beat last year’s winner Danielle Montgomery of England into second place, who collected an equally impressive 902,672 votes.

Laura Davies and Trish Johnson helped England into fourth spot which was comfortably the best of the home nations – Scotland (Carly Booth and Kylie Walker) were 12th while Wales (Becky Brewerton and Lydia Hall) were 15th.

“I guess with the title I can call myself the world champion. I’m not sure if I’m going to put the jersey on like they do in cycling and travel round with the jersey on for the next year. It’s a very nice trophy to add to my list of wins in Asia and it’s called the World Championship so I guess I’m the world champ,” said Pettersen.

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