Nordqvist reigns in the rain after dramatic Evian Championship play-off

Ivan Schwartz
September 18, 2017

The 30-year-old Swedish claimed her second major title with a play-off win over American Brittany AltomareEVIAN, FRANCE Sweden's Anna Nordqvist claimed her second major title with a play-off win over American Brittany Altomare at the Evian Championship on Sunday.

Her playoff victory against Altomare was even sweeter when taking into account it was Nordqvist's bogey on the 18th that meant a playoff was needed, while her opponent had managed to par it minutes prior to the do-over.

On the course in the afternoon, first-round leader Sung Hyun Park, the U.S. Women's Open champion, dropped shots at the first and third holes, then birdied the par-5 seventh to trail Jutanugarn by two.

Former No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand, the 2015 Evian victor, and Ayako Uehara of Japan each picked up three shots to be 6 under.

Ko finished one shot back, with her third placing her best finish in a major in her last six attempts, and marking her eighth finish of third-or-better in a major championship. Thompson's 74 left her 3 over. Her wins at Evian came before it was upgraded in 2013. Two holes later, play was stopped.

Brittany Altomare matched Nordqvist on Sunday with a 66 to also reach 9 under and be part of extra holes. The condition sidelined her throughout the summer, resulting in her coming up one event short of the required number events needed to qualify for the European Solheim Cup team.

"The distance was 25 meters, so I was deciding whether I'm going to do chipping or putting, and I think after I made the shot, I was surprised, as well", Park said after her round.

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Both Ko and Jutanugarn bogeyed the last to miss the playoff.

This season, she has has had a string of decent finishes, including eight top-10s, and was in the final pairing at last month's British Open at Kingsbarns in Scotland.

Birdies at the third and fourth holes were followed by bogeys at the seventh and 13th before the 20-year-old launched her attack.

Neither of the two players ahead of her has yet won on the LPGA Tour.

"I'm looking forward to finishing off the year and maybe get another W. The girls are so good out here; it's just fun to be able to compete again and know I've got the right stuff".

"But I reckon if I keep knocking on the door, one day it will be my turn", she said.

She came into the week confident after turning her form around this year, capturing her first LPGA title since 2010 at the Thornberry Classic in Wisconsin in early July.

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