Angela Stanford won her first major title in a harrowing end to the Evian Championship as fellow American Amy Olson double-bogeyed the last hole while leading.
Stanford posted a three-under-par-68 at Evian Resort Golf Club to set the clubhouse target at 12-under-par. Her last four holes contained an eagle, a double bogey, a birdie and a par.
Rival Olson was a shot clear of Stanford going down the par-four 18th, but finished with a six.
Consequently, in her 18th year on tour and after a wild and tearful final few holes, Stanford became a major tournament champion for the first time in her career.
— LPGA (@LPGA) September 16, 2018
“I really don’t know what has just happened,” a tearful Stanford said afterwards.
“I am so happy. Sometimes things just catch you off guard. Just when you think you’re done then this happens.”
Stanford becomes the first American to win the Evian Championship since it became a major championship in 2013.
The 40-year-old also continued America’s record of having at least one major champion in every season since 2013.
Rory McIlroy looks set to end a run of three missed cuts in the US Open after opening with a rock-solid 68 at Pebble Beach on Thursday.
Brooks Koepka’s chances of a historic third straight US Open title are still alive after he ended the first round just four shots back.
Tiger Woods was happy to salvage a one-under-par 70 in tricky conditions on the opening day of the US Open at Pebble Beach.
Justin Rose equalled the lowest US Open round ever shot at Pebble Beach, a six-under 65, to take a one-shot lead after the opening round.
The United States Golf Association admits that it can’t afford a repeat of past mishaps at this week’s US Open at Pebble Beach.
Brooks Koepka hardly needed any further motivation ahead of his US Open defence this week, but he just got it anyway.
Rory McIlroy doesn’t want to be behind the eightball after the first round of a major championship again at Pebble Beach this week.