Nordqvist wins the Women’s British Open for her 3rd major title | WGN 720 radio
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist won her third major title with a one-stroke victory at the Women’s British Open in Carnoustie on Sunday.
Nordqvist tapped for the par on the last hole for a 69-under-3 to finish on a par-12 for the tournament.
Nanna Koerstz Madsen of Denmark was tied for the lead with Nordqvist heading for No.18 but found a bunker on the green with her approach and made a double bogey after escaping.
Lizette Salas, Georgia Hall and Madelene Sagstrom were tied for second with 11 under.
Nordqvist, who also won the 2009 LPGA Championship and the 2017 Evian Championship, was joined on the 18th green by her husband, Kevin McAlpine, a former Scottish amateur champion from Dundee, a town just 20 minutes from Carnoustie . On the Christmas trips to Scotland, the couple play the legendary bond course which can be daunting but was defenseless in generally perfect conditions for the final round.
At one point there were six players in a 9-under lead share – including overnight leaders Nordqvist and Koerstz Madsen – in what had turned into a shootout.
In the end, what happened on the 18th decided the championship. First, Minjee Lee (66), the recent Evian Championship winner who started five strokes back but was briefly moved to first place, dropped the bogey to 10 under overall after almost entering in the Barry Burn which passes in front of the green.
Sagstrom (68), playing in the penultimate group, also bogeyed the last to fall from a three-part lead. The Swede finished 11 under.
Salas (69) missed a 15-foot birdie putt in the penultimate group, leaving Nordqvist and Koerstz Madsen to duel.
On the 18th, Nordqvist found the center of the fairway and hit his 20-foot approach, while Koerstz Madsen – in search of his first major title and the first for a Danish player, male or female – darted into a light rough. and pushed his second shot to the right. and in front of a bunker, giving it an awkward stance.
His shot flew almost sideways and almost went out of bounds. She needed to pierce her chip from the rough, but it was short.
Nordqvist’s birdie putt settled a few inches from the cup, securing him a third major title 12 years after his first and a check for $ 870,000 from the $ 5.8 million purse, the largest in the world. women’s golf.
Annika Sorenstam and Laura Davies are the only other European women to have won three or more majors.
The last 13 LPGA majors have been won by 13 different players.
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