Uribe of Colombia rallies to victory by one at LPGA Tour's Brazil Cup

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Mariajo Uribe was thrilled to get the trophy Sunday after finishing as the runner-up last year.
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Mariajo Uribe of Colombia shot a 6-under 66 to defeat Lindsey Wright of Australia by a stroke in the final round of the Brazil Cup on Sunday, picking up her first LPGA Tour win.

Uribe, last year’s runner-up in the 36-hole exhibition event, made seven birdies and a bogey to finish at 9-under 135 at the Itanhanga Golf Club.

Uribe was 5 under after the first seven holes on Sunday, then picked up two more birdies and a bogey on the back nine before finishing with four straight pars to secure the victory in the 30-player tournament just outside Rio de Janeiro.

“I knew I had to go out there and take advantage of the par 5s,” said Uribe, who birdied four of the six par 5s over the 36 holes. “I just went out and had a good start. I was really excited, I just tried to keep my mind in the present and tried to keep playing how I was playing.”

Wright shot a second consecutive 68. She birdied No. 17 but was not able to make a charge in the final hole to force a playoff. Sweden’s Maria Hjorth finished third at 7-under after a 5-under final round.

Uribe, who lost last year’s tournament to American Meaghan Francella in a six-hole playoff, received $108,000 of the $720,000 prize fund. Francella finished 19th at 2 over par.

First-round leader Heather Bowie Young of the United States followed her 66 on Saturday with an even par round that left her tied for fourth.

Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, winner of the inaugural 2009 Brazil Cup while five months pregnant, shot 70 on Sunday to finish at 5 under, tied for sixth.

Behind her was the world’s No. 2 ranked player, Suzann Pettersen of Norway. Pettersen, coming off a victory last week in the Sybase Match Play Championship, began the final round two shots off the lead but had a 1-over 73 that left her out of contention.

American Cristie Kerr, second in the Match Play event, shot a 2-under 70 to finish tied for 11th.

The tournament was affected by bad weather both days and the final hole had to be changed from a par 4 to a par 3 because of rain.

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