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Pak’s late birdies give her Farr victory

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SYLVANIA, Ohio — Se Ri Pak's latest win at the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic doesn't really stand out from the two before it.

"No, pretty much the same," Pak said. "Every year here is pretty much the same for me."

Pak's birdies on the last two holes gave her a two-stroke victory over Maria Hjorth after Sunday's final round.

It was Pak's third win in four years at the Highland Meadows Golf Club. The only time in that span when she didn't win, she missed last year's playoff by a shot and finished third.

"I really like the golf course, town and the tournament," Pak said after her third LPGA victory of the season. "There's nothing more I can say."

Pak finished at 15-under 269, closing with a 3-under 68 after rounds of 70, 62 and 69.

Hjorth shot a 7-under-par 64 for a 271 total, but her only bad shot, on the 17th, opened the door for Pak.

"One week, hopefully, it'll be my week," Hjorth said. "It just seems lately that there's always someone playing a little bit better than me."

Hjorth finished in the top three for the sixth time in her last seven tournaments.

Pak started the day with a four-shot lead. The victory marked the eighth time in nine tries she has led through three rounds and won.

After parring the first 11 holes, she rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt at the 12th. Then she hit her approach to 6 feet at No. 13 and holed the birdie putt.

She bogeyed the par-4 15th after hooking her drive into the trees and fell back into a tie with Hjorth, who birdied six holes in an eight-hole span.

Hjorth, however, let a prime opportunity slip away.

"I played so well," the Swede said. "I hit one bad shot the whole day."

On the 17th, rated the easiest hole on the course, the long-hitting Hjorth found the rough off the tee and came up well short of the green with her second shot.