Beth Daniel only had one thought on her mind when she sank an 8-foot birdie putt on 18 to close out her victory in the LPGA PING-Welch's Championship.
"It finally hit me then that I had won a golf tournament again and didn't finish second," she said.Daniel had been the runner-up four times this season before blistering the Blue Hill Country Club course for a 17-under-par 271, three strokes better than the best since the tournament moved to the site in 1991.
Starting the day tied with Colleen Walker, Daniel shot a 69 Sunday to win by three strokes over Walker, who posted a 72, and Meg Mallon. Mallon had an erratic 68 with a hole-in-one and another eagle.
The victory also was the 32nd of Daniel's 17-year career, putting her within three victories or a major title of entering the Hall of Fame.
"I'm kind of proud that I have more victories than some people in the Hall," she said, but that's because of the requirements of 30 regular tour victories with two major titles, or 35 and one major title. Daniel has only one major.
"When I get to one and one (one victory or one major), then I'll start thinking more about it," she said.