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Australia's Rebecca Artis wins in Sweden

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HELSINGBORG, Sweden (AP) - Australia's Rebecca Artis rallied to win the Helsingborg Open on Sunday for her first Ladies European Tour victory.

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Five strokes behind leader Caroline Hedwall at the start of the round, the 24-year-old Artis shot a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over Hedwall. Artis finished at 8-under 280 on Vasatorp course.

``It was a great day out there. I played solid golf all day and to walk away with a win is unbelievable,'' Artis said. ``I just had to go out there and play steady early and see if I could make a couple of birdies early on. ... I'd like to say I'm not surprised. It's a lot of hard work that goes into winning a golf tournament.''

Hedwall, the Swedish star who was a record 5-0 last month in the Solheim Cup in Europe's blowout victory over the United States, finished with a 75.

``This is not how I wanted it to end, but I'm very happy for Rebecca,'' Hedwall said. ``She played awesome today and it just wasn't meant to be this time. Obviously, it was my putting. I didn't make anything.''

Artis earned a spot in the Evian Championship, the final major championship of the year. The event begins Thursday in Evian-les-Bains, France.

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