Altomare outlasts Broch Larsen in Symetra Tour playoff
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.