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Alfredsson wins Grand China Air tournament

Alfredsson wins Grand China Air tournament

Helen Alfredsson shot a 7-under 65 on Sunday to win the Grand China Air tournament, beating Yani Tseng by three strokes for her second victory of the season.
The 43-year-old Swedish player, Europe's 2007 Solheim Cup captain, trailed second-round leader Karen Stupples by five strokes entering the final round of the 54-hole event, the first LPGA tournament in China.
Alfredsson finished at 12-under 204 after opening rounds of 70-69.
Tseng of Taiwan, who won the LPGA Championship earlier this season at 19 and is viewed as a future star, finished with a 68.
Laura Diaz of the United States, the first-round leader after a 63, was four back after a 72. Stupples of England was five back with a 75.
Young Kim of South Korea had a 71, six off the pace, and China's Shanshan Feng carded a 68 and finished seven behind. Feng is the only Chinese player on the LPGA Tour.
Diaz and Stupples were trying to end victory droughts. Stupples hasn't won in four years, and Diaz in six. But they both crashed on the back nine, when Stupples had four bogeys and Diaz had three.
Alfredsson took the outright lead with a birdie on the 10th hole, moving to 11-under for the tournament and a stroke clear of Stupples. She went to 13-under with birdies on 14 and 17. But playing three groups ahead of the final threesome, she left the door slightly ajar for her challengers with a bogey on 18.
Alfredsson won the Evian Masters earlier in the season in a three-way playoff. This victory, worth US$270,000, pushed her career earnings to over US$5 million.
Condition at the West Coast Golf Club were sultry, lessened only by a light breeze blowing over China's southern island of Hainan _ sandwiched between the Gulf of Tonkin and the South China Sea.
South Korean Shi-Hyun Ahn retired with a back injury after the 10th hole. The extent of her injury was not immediately known. She was 4-under for the tournament at the time and 2-over for the day.