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Sagstrom (70) converts 54-hole lead for first LPGA title in Boca Rio

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Madelene Sagstrom won the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio on Sunday for her first LPGA tour title, birdieing the par-3 17th to tie for the lead and winning with a par when Nasa Hataoka missed a 3-footer on the last.

Sagstrom finished with a 2-under 70 for a 17-under 271 total at rain-softened Boca Rio Golf Club.

Hataoka shot 69. The Japanese player birdied Nos. 15 and 16 to take the lead, then fell into a tie when Sagstrom birdied the 17th and lost with the bogey on the par-4 18th.

“Missing the win gives me more motivation to keep on going for the next many tournaments coming,” Hataoka said.

Sagstrom bogeyed two of the first five holes, then rebounded with birdies on Nos. 8, 10 and 11.

“It doesn’t matter how you start,” Sagstrom said. “If you just continue fighting, things can go your way. And I just told myself, ‘Keep fighting, keep fighting.’”

Full-field scores from the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio

Sagstrom made a 4-footer for birdie on 17, then saved par from 5 feet on 18.

The 27-year-old Swede and former LSU star opened with a 72, shot a career-best 62 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead and doubled her advantage Saturday with a 67.

Sagstrom won in her 69th career LPGA tour start. She’s the 12th Swede to win on the tour, and the first since Pernilla Lindberg in the 2018 ANA Inspiration. Sagstrom won three times on the Symetra Tour in 2016 and led the money list to graduate to the big tour.

Danielle Kang was third at 15 under after a 69. She parred the final eight holes.

“I kept hitting it to 30, 35 feet,” Kang said. “And they’re not easy to make. So, it’s hard to two-putt, to be honest.”

Celine Boutier shot 70 to finish fourth at 13 under. Sei Young Kim was 11 under after a 73.

The tournament was the first official event in Boca Raton since the 1989 Oldsmobile LPGA Classic.