Altomare wins, while Juneau tops Canadians on Symetra Tour

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Sara-Maude Juneau (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

SARASOTA, Fla. – Brittany Altomare won the Guardian Retirement Championship on Sunday at windy Sara Bay, beating Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen with a birdie on the fifth hole of a playoff.

Altomare closed with a 2-under 70 to match Broch Larsen at even-par 70. Broch Larsen had a 75.

“It is an incredible feeling,” Altomare said. “I feel like I am on a high.”

After Altomare and Broch Larsen each parred the par-5 18th four times before Altomare broke through for her first career victory with a 4-foot birdie putt.

“The moment that ball went in, it was almost like a relief like, ‘I did it’ finally,” Altomare said. “This is my fourth year as a professional and it is exciting, it is a relief and a confidence booster.”

The 25-year-old former University of Virginia player from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, earned $16,500. She expects to play in the next six LPGA Tour events are gaining status at the money-list reshuffle.

“This win gives me an incredible amount of confidence,” Altomare said. “I know my game is ready and I know I can do it so I am just excited.”

Thailand’s Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong was third at 3 over after a 70.

Sara-Maude Juneau of Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, Que., tied for 5th at 6-over 222.

Two other Canadians cracked the top 15. Rebecca Lee-Bentham of Toronto and Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Quebec City had a share of 15th 8-over 224.