LPGA.com counts down to the end of 2013 with the LPGA Tour's 13 top stories of the year. Join us as we look back at the year's most memorable milestones. Read about Pettersen’s late season push in Story No. 5.
While Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park stole the show at the beginning of the 2013 season with her record breaking performances, Norway’s Suzann Pettersen was subtly preparing for a breakthrough which started with her first win of the season at the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf.
Just two weeks before, Pettersen finished in a tie for third at the season’s first major championship which Park ending up winning. But from that point until the Kingsmill Championship in May, Pettersen strung together four top-3 finishes yet was overshadowed by Park’s third win of the season at the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout.
Two minor speed bumps which including a T32 at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic and a missed cut at the ShopRite LPGA Classic can throw the focus of any great player. But instead it fueled the fierce competitor even more as she came back to notch four more top-10s in the next five events.
But her real run of dominance started with her second victory of the season at the Safeway Classic in September. In her next start, Pettersen won the fifth and final major of the year at the Evian Championship to unseat Stacy Lewis from the No. 2 spot in the Rolex Rankings. Pettersen then went on a streak that saw three top-5 finishes and a successful title defense at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.
With four wins including one major championship, 15 top-10 finishes and more than $2.2 million in season earnings this year, Pettersen firmly established herself as a dominant force in women’s golf once again.
“I felt like I prepared well going into the year, started off the way I usually do, a little bit slow, and then played my way into form coming into Kraft and then managed to stay on a high and won my first one in Hawaii,” said Pettersen. “And I think the most important thing this year, I feel like I've been able to put in the work in between tournaments to feel like I'm coming to sites prepared and ready to play.”