Ladies European Tour
Aug 22nd, 2021
Scandinavian duo lead AIG Women’s Open
Nordqvist surges through the field to join Koerstz Madsen on top
Nordqvist signed for a best-of-the-week score of seven-under-par 65 to surge through the international field, while Koerstz Madsen added a third-round 68 for her nine-under total.
Nordqvist was in sparkling form in her bogey-free round, which was kick-started with three birdies in a row from the sixth. The 34-year-old, who won the R&A Girls’ and Women’s Amateur championships in her amateur days, has enjoyed local support given her partner is Scot, Kevin McAlpine.
“I feel like I've been playing really solid this week and last week at the Scottish Open I hit the ball really well, so I think it's been coming together for a while," said Nordqvist.
"I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens today which gave me a lot of good chances."
While Nordqvist is chasing a third major title, Koerstz Madsen, 26, is seeking the biggest win of her career and highlighted her round with an eagle at the par-5 12th.
“I've just got to try and calm down my nerves and remember that I'm playing good golf right now, so that's what I'm going to try and focus on," said Koerstz Madsen.
"I played quite steady out there. I hit a lot of greens. I would have liked somewhere been closer to the pin but also made some good putts. I'm happy with the round.”
The USA’s Yealimi Noh had reached 10-under-par only to drop four shots over Carnoustie’s demanding last three holes, meaning the consistent Lizette Salas is the nearest challenger to the top two after the American added a 70 for an eight-under-par total.
Four players are placed on seven-under-par, including Scottish amateur Louise Duncan as the 21-year-old Women’s Amateur champion continued her dream week after a superb 68. Nordqvist won the Smyth Salver as leading amateur at the championship in 2008, with Duncan in pole position for that honour as well as chasing the title itself.
World number 12 Lexi Thompson, Finland’s Sanna Nuutinen and Madelene Sagstrom from Sweden are also placed on seven-under-par, with world number one Nelly Korda, Yealimi Noh, Brooke Henderson, Georgia Hall and the Jutanugarn sisters, Ariya and Moriya, among those threatening on six-under.