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2009 LPGA season in review
SBS Open at Turtle Bay Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii
Champion: Angela Stanford (-10).
Runner-up: Michelle Wie (-7).
Wie, the hometown favorite, came awfully close to her first career win. But her final-round 73 helped Stanford overcome a three-shot deficit in the season opener.
Honda LPGA Thailand Chonburi, Thailand
Champion: Lorena Ochoa (-14).
Runner-up: Hee Young Park (-11).
Ochoa made her season debut a good one. She was three shots behind Paula Creamer going into the final round but pulled away with a 66.
HSBC Women's Championship Singapore
Champion: Jiyai Shin (-11).
Runner-up: Katherine Hull (-9).
Hull had a four-shot lead with nine holes to go before hitting a rough stretch. Shin, a 21-year-old South Korean, shot back-to-back 66s in the final two rounds to win her fourth LPGA event in eight months.
MasterCard Classic Mexico City
Champion: Pat Hurst (-10).
Runners-up: Lorena Ochoa, Yani Tseng (-9).
Tseng led going into the final hole, but she bogeyed No. 18. With a final-round 68, capped by birdies on her last two holes, Hurst emerged with a one-shot win.
LPGA International Phoenix
Champion: Karrie Webb (-14).
Runner-up: Jiyai Shin (-12).
This was the 36th tournament win in the Hall of Famer's career, but what makes it particularly noteworthy is that it was her first since 2006. She began the final round a shot back but made an eagle and five birdies.
Kraft Nabisco Championship Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Champion: Brittany Lincicome (-9).
Runners-up: Kristy McPherson, Cristie Kerr.
She was an unexpected winner in the year's first major, but Lincicome made a 6-foot eagle putt on the final hole. Though her performance chart had been all over the map, she tied for second in this there in 2007.
Corona Championship Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
Champion: Lorena Ochoa (-25).
Runner-up: Suzann Pettersen (-24).
Playing without her regular caddie, the 27-year-old fan favorite held off Pettersen to win her second straight Corona champion (and her third in four years).