Uribe edges home in Brazil

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Mariajo Uribe has come from behind to win the 36-hole HSBC Brasil Cup and take home her first LPGA title.

Mariajo Uribe has come from behind to win the 36-hole HSBC Brasil Cup and take home her first-ever money prize on the LPGA Tour

Uribe of Colombia shot a sparkling 6-under 66 at the Itanhanga Golf Club for a 9-under total that edged Lindsay Wright (68) by a shot and Sweden’s Maria Hjorth (67) by two.

American Heather Bowie-Young, the overnight leader, closed with a disappointing 72 to finish in a tie for 4th at 6-under.

In her first win on the LPGA Tour, Uribe carded an impressive six birdies and zero bogeys to record a career lowest Tour round.

Last year she finished runner-up at the HSBC Brasil Cup after coming up short in a six-hole playoff against American Meaghan Francella, who this time tied for 19th at 2-over-par after a closing 73.

“I knew I had to go out there today and take advantage of the par-fives,” said an upbeat Uribe, whose final-round six-under par was the best round of the day.

“I just went out and had a good start, birding five of the seven holes. I was really excited so I just tried to keep my mind in the present and tried to keep playing how I was playing.

“Thank goodness it worked for me.”

Luciana Bemvenuti, he first Brazilian to compete on the LPGA Tour and whose career-best is a tie for fourth at the 1998 Longs Drugs Challenge. finished in a tied for 26th this week.

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