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Strom overcomes 7-stroke deficit to win LPGA Classic

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GALLOWAY, N.J. (AP) — Linnea Strom shot a tournament-record 11-under 60 on Sunday to overcome a seven-stroke deficit and win the ShopRite LPGA Classic by a shot for her first LPGA Tour title.

After making the cut on the number Saturday, Strom teed off at 8:20 a.m. — three hours, 40 minutes before the final group — on the Bay Course at Seaview Resort.

Strom had an eagle and nine birdies to get to 14-under 199. The 27-year-old Swede birdied the last three holes and four of the last five.

She had the lowest final-round score by a winner in LPGA Tour history and matched the second-lowest score overall. Annika Sorenstam set the record with a 59 in the second round of the 2001 Standard Register PING. The previous best final round for a winner was a 61 by Inbee Park in the 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Strom started the day tied for 52nd for by far the biggest comeback by position on the tour since 1984. The previous largest comeback by position since 1984 was Ayako Okamoto in a tie for 23rd at the 1987 Lady Keystone Open.

Strom won after missing the cuts in five of her last six events. The former Arizona State star is the 15th Swedish player to win on the tour.

Megan Khang and Ayaka Furue of Japan tied for second. Khang closed with a 66, and Furue shot 65. Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand was 12 under after a 65.


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