The LPGA finally ended its turbulent season with a final round that was almost worth the wait. It was a round worthy of a Sunday afternoon finish with a full gallery and some decent television ratings. Unfortunately, the girls had to close out an exciting tournament on Monday and missed the chance to showcase their talents. There was plenty worth watching at The Tour Championship and The LPGA continues to put on a great product.
Anna Nordqvist goes 33, 32 with five consecutive birdies to beat Lorena Ochoa by two strokes. Some may call Anna the Rookie of the Year: she won a major and The Tour Championship.
Lorena Ochoa shoots 67 and birdies the last to give her the lead in The Player of the Year race. She had to wait for Jiyai Shin to finish and spent the time biting her nails.
Jiyai Shin was her off game but despite a bogey at 17, she still had a chance to win The Player of the Year with a birdie on 18. He birdie chip came up just short.
The Player of the Year Race comes down to the last shot of the tournament and Ochoa wins by one point. Unbelievable.
Ochoa always a classy player, in an emotional exchange with the Golf Channel, congratulated Shin for her great season and thanked her for pushing her all year.