April 24, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Brittany Altomare won the Guardian Retirement Championship on Sunday at windy Sara Bay, beating Denmark's Nicole Broch Larsen with a birdie on the fifth hole of a playoff.

Altomare closed with a 2-under 70 to match Broch Larsen at even-par 70. Broch Larsen had a 75.

''It is an incredible feeling,'' Altomare said. ''I feel like I am on a high.''

After Altomare and Broch Larsen each parred the par-5 18th four times before Altomare broke through for her first career victory with a 4-foot birdie putt.

''The moment that ball went in, it was almost like a relief like, `I did it' finally,'' Altomare said. ''This is my fourth year as a professional and it is exciting, it is a relief and a confidence booster.''

The 25-year-old former University of Virginia player from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, earned $16,500. She expects to play in the next six LPGA Tour events are gaining status at the money-list reshuffle.

''This win gives me an incredible amount of confidence,'' Altomare said. ''I know my game is ready and I know I can do it so I am just excited.''

Thailand's Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong was third at 3 over after a 70.

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