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Spain lifts LPGA Crown

SPAIN has won the LPGA International Crown team match-play title after Belen Mozo sunk an eight-foot winning putt.

BELEN Mozo has sunk an eight-foot birdie putt to win the clinching point as Spain won the LPGA International Crown team match-play title.

Mozo's clutch birdie at the par-5 16th hole defeated Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn 3 and 2 for Spain's third singles victory of the final session.

That left the Spaniards on 13 points with two matches remaining but no rival able to overtake them for the title, a fact Mozo didn't know when she made the putt and pumped her fist in celebration.

"Damn, it feels good," Mozo said.

"I just wanted to close my match out. I had no idea. I'm thrilled I could do it.

"We said coming into this weekend that we had an advantage being such good friends and so close to each other. We all stayed true to ourselves.

"There were a lot of great players here. We just had what other teams lacked."

Each member of the Spanish foursome collected $US100,000 ($A108,200) and a metal crown as well as a trophy symbolic of supremacy in the inaugural global match-play team showdown at Caves Valley, which awarded two points for wins and one for halves.

Spain had been seeded fifth when the week began but expectations were turned on their head on Saturday when the top-seeded United States, boasting four of the world's top 12 players, was eliminated in a playoff with South Korea.


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