Nordqvist lifts Evian Championship title

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Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist scored a five-under-par 66 to come from five-strokes back of leader Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn to claim the Evian Championship title after a playoff with Brittany Altomare in France on Sunday. 

After being tied at nine under, the pair returned to the par four, 18th where Nordqvist defeated America’s Altomare with a must-make bogey in the pouring rain for the victory.

Her final-round 69 consisted of four birdies, two eagles and three bogeys.

In an interview after her victory, Nordqvist said she was extremely happy to have won.

“I love competing and I prove practising, and staying in bed hasn’t been the most exciting,” Nordqvist said about being on bed rest. “My grandpa was always my biggest role model. He always used to tell me to never give up, and that’s what I never did today.

“I just felt like I wanted to go out there today and focus on what I could do. Winning didn’t really cross my mind until I was having a great couple birdies and eagles there down the stretch,” said Nordqvist.

There were a group of players that finished in a tie for third at eight under, namely; Lydia Ko, Katherine Kirk and Jutanugarn.

Next, in a tie for sixth at seven under, were Korean Sei Young Kim and China’s Shanshan Feng.

Third and final round scores at the Evian Championship LPGA (reduced to 54 holes) in Evian on Sunday:

204 – Anna Nordqvist (SWE) 66 72 66, Brittany Altomare (USA) 70 68 66 (Nordqvist won play-off at first extra hole)
205 – Lydia Ko (NZL) 68 68 69, Moriya Jutanugarn (THA) 65 68 72, Katherine Kirk (AUS) 66 69 70
206 – Kim Sei-Young (KOR) 70 68 68, Feng Shanshan CHN) 69 68 69
207 – Jennifer Song (USA) 72 65 70
208 – Lee Mi-Hyang (KOR) 69 72 67
209 – Georgia Hall (GBR) 68 69 72, Kim In-Kyung (KOR) 67 69 73, Ayako Uehara (JPN) 68 66 75
210 – Ally McDonald (USA) 71 68 71
211 – Choi Hye Jin (KOR) 69 72 70, Kim Hyo Joo (KOR) 70 73 68, Su Oh (AUS) 71 68 72, Sandra Gal (GER) 70 69 72
212 – Gaby Lopez (MEX) 72 70 70, Danielle Kang (USA) 71 70 71, Cristie Kerr (USA) 69 73 70, Morgan Pressel (USA) 71 69 72, Chun In-Gee (KOR) 70 70 72, Nicole Broch Larsen (DEN) 69 70 73, Ji Eun-Hee (KOR) 74 70 68, Angela Stanford (USA) 69 68 75

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