Biggest Final-Round Comebacks to Win on LPGA Tour

Louise Friberg shares the LPGA record for biggest comeback win

At the 2019 Mediheal Championship on the LPGA Tour, Bronte Law started the final round 10 strokes off the lead. But after a 65, she found herself in first place for much of the final day — until, ultimately, Law lost in playoff.

Which brings up the question: What is the largest final-round comeback to win in LPGA history? And the answer: 10 strokes. Had Law won the playoff at the 2019 Mediheal, she would have tied that record.

Three other golfers in LPGA history, have, however, come from 10 strokes off the lead at the start of the final round to win the tournament. Those three record-holders are Mickey Wright, Annika Sorenstam and Louise Friberg.

Here's a brief look at how each did it.

Mickey Wright, 1964 Tall City Open

The Tall City Open was played in Midland, Texas, from 1964 through 1968. Wright won it the first and last years it was played. In 1964, Wright began the final round 10 strokes off the lead. She finished it with the victory. A round of 62 — the lowest 18-hole score in LPGA history to that point — was the propellant.

Annika Sorenstam, 2001 The Office Depot Hosted by Amy Alcott

Pat Hurst was the leader going into the final round, and Sorenstam was 10 strokes behind Hurst. Then Hurst shot 77 while Sorenstam fired a 66. Mi Hyun Kim began the final round 11 strokes back of the leader, shot 65, and tied Sorenstam. Kim would own the tour record for biggest comeback had she won that playoff, but she didn't. Sorenstam did.

Louise Friberg, 2008 MasterCard Classic

The leader entering the final round was Ji Young Oh, and Friberg began that round 10 strokes behind Oh. But Friberg then scored a 65, while Oh ballooned to a 79. In the end, Friberg won by one stroke over runner-up Yani Tseng. It was Friberg's only win on the LPGA Tour.

Photo credit: "Louise Friberg"by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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