Nordqvist wins third major title at AIG Women’s Open


Carnoustie, Scotland-Sweden’s Annano Ludokuvist won her third major title with a one-shot victory at the British Women’s Open in Carnoustie on Sunday.

Nordqvist tapped the par on the last hole of 3 under 69 to finish in the tournament’s 12 under par.

Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen made a double bogey after Nordkvist took the lead towards 18th, but her approach found a greenside bunker and shank out.

Lizette Salas, Georgia Hall and Madeleine Sagstrom tied for second place with 11 unders.

Having won the 2009 LPGA Championship and the 2017 Evian Championship, Nordkvist was joined by her husband Kevin McCarpine, a former Scottish amateur champion from the city of Dundee, just 20 minutes from Carnoustie. On a Christmas trip back to Scotland, the couple will play the renowned links course, which may be scary but almost perfectly unprotected for the final round.

At one stage, there were six players in the 9-under lead share. This included overnight leaders Nordqvist and Koerstz Madsen, who were shot out.

In the end, what happened on the 18th decided the championship. First, recent Evian Championship winner Minjee Lee (66) returned five shots, temporarily taking first place, but entered Barry Burn in front of the green. After that, I dropped the bogey to 10 under.

Sagström (68), who is playing in the third-to-last group, also bogged the last group and dropped out of the lead’s 3-way share. The Swedes finished with 11 under.

Saras (69) missed a 15-foot birdie putt in the penultimate group, and Nordkvist and Coltsmadsen duel.

On the 18th, Nordkvist found the center of the fairway and approached 20 feet, and Colts Madsen boarded Lightruff and pushed the second shot to the right in search of the first major title and the first title of a Danish player (male or female). I did. And in front of the bunker, give her an awkward stance.

Her shot jumped almost sideways, almost over the limit. She had to tip from the rough, but that wasn’t enough.

Nordqvist’s birdie putt settled just a few inches from the cup, winning the third major title 12 years later and guaranteeing a $ 870,000 check from the largest $ 5.8 million handbag in women’s golf. ..

Annika Sorenstam and Laura Davies are the only other European women to win three or more majors.

The last 13 LPGA majors were won by 13 different players.

Associated Press