Colombia's Paola Moreno wins Symetra Tour event

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Posted: Jul 03, 2016 7:23 PM

CANADIAN LAKES, Mich. (AP) — Colombia's Paola Moreno won the Tullymore Classic on Sunday for her third career Symetra Tour title, closing with a 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory.

The 30-year-old former University of Southern California player finished at 12-under 204, capping her bogey-free round with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th.

"I thought I needed to finish with a birdie because this is a par 5 that the other girl who was tied with me could reach, so I thought that I needed to post a 12-under total just to have a chance," Moreno said. "I knew I had to make it. It was great. From the start I knew it had a great chance to go in and it did so it was pretty exciting."

Erynne Lee and Megan McChrystal tied for second. They each bogeyed the final hole, McChrystal for a 66, and Lee for a 71.

Moreno earned $15,000 to jump from 50th to 16th on the money list with $26,513, with the final top 10 earning LPGA Tour cards.

"After the surgery on my left thumb I was in a lot of pain last year," Moreno said. "But the recovery is going super good and this is my first time that I'm playing without pain in almost a year and a half so it's a different experience."

An LPGA Tour member the past three seasons, she opened with a 64 and had a 74 on Saturday to drop three strokes behind leaders Lee and Yu Liu.

Liu (72), Emma Talley (71) and Dottie Ardina (67) tied for fourth at 9 under.