January 24, 2009

Matthew Wins Brazil Cup

Playing while five-months pregnant, Catriona Matthew fired a final-round three-under 69 to win the Brazil Cup by five strokes

Matthew's last win, prior to this unofficial event, was the Wendy's Championship in 2004.

Matthew's last win, prior to this unofficial event, was the Wendy's Championship in 2004.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- Catriona Matthew, the 39-year-old Scot five months pregnant with her second child, won the inaugural HSBC LPGA Brazil Cup by five shots over Kristy McPherson of the United States on Sunday.

Matthew had a 3-under 69 on the second day of the 36-hole exhibition tournament to finish at 6-under 138 at the Itanhanga Golf Club. McPherson was 1-under after shooting a 72.

"When you play well you don't feel tired," Matthew said. "Maybe tomorrow I will feel it a bit."

She started her final round with a birdie at the first hole and a bogey on the second, but built her lead with birdies on Nos. 5, 6 and 14.

McPherson had four birdies and four bogeys in her round, with two of the bogeys coming on par-5s.

Angela Park finished third in front of her home fans after a 75 left her nine shots back.

"I'm not too happy," she said. "I thought I would be able to play better here."

Laura Diaz shot a 73 to finish fourth at 4-over.

The unofficial money event featured a 15-player field and a $500,000 purse.