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Sorenstam's first victory since '06 comes at Dubai Ladies Masters

12/16/2007 - Golf Annika Sorenstam

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Annika Sorenstam won the
Dubai Ladies Masters by two strokes on Sunday in her first victory
since she won here in 2006.

Sweden's Sorenstam closed with 2-under 70 to finish at 10-under 278 at
the season-ending tournament of the Ladies European Tour.

"I am so happy to have finally won again," Sorenstam said.

Overnight leader Iben Tinning of Denmark had a double bogey at
the last hole and finished with a 73 to tie for second with
England's Laura Davies, who shot a 72.

Six players, including halfway leader Lisa Hall, tied for fourth
at 6-under 282.

Sophie Gustafson of Sweden won the Ladies European Tour Order of
Merit after finishing 3-under and tied for 15th -- good enough to
beat Bettina Hauert of Germany, who tied for 65th.

Gustafson earned $320,519 for the season compared to Hauert's
$317,318.

For much of the last round at the Emirates Golf Club, it was a
three-way battle for the title -- with Sorenstam, Tinning and Davies
tied for the lead at 9-under after 10 holes.

Davies was the first out of contention with bogeys on the 12th
and 15th holes, before finishing with a birdie on the 18th.

Tinning went to 10-under with a birdie on the 11th. She could
have increased her lead on the 16th, but her birdie putt from 15
feet stopped just short of the hole.

Sorenstam joined Tinning at 10-under with a birdie on the 17th,
where she made a 16-foot putt.

On the final hole, Tinning tried to make the par-5 green with
her second shot, but the ball rolled back into the water guarding
the front of the green. Sorenstam laid up and then made par for the
win.