Sep 17th, 2017
Evian Championship – Nordqvist wins play off
In hail storm in France
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images Styling: GolfPunk
Well, it's about time! Anna Nordqvist's play off win at the Evian Championship was the first major won by a European since 2013!
30-year-old Norqvist, world number 13, trailed by five shots overnight but a brilliant final round 66, which included two eagles, got her into a play off with American Brittany Altomare.
Torrential rain greeted the pair on the first play off hole, which Nordqvist win with a bogey five. It was perhaps, a fittingly unspectacular way for the tournament to end after it was controversially cut to 54 holes when day one was washed out.
Nordqvist has had a prolonged battle with glandular fever and this result has delivered some timely therapy.
The play off highlights
"I love competing and I love practicing, and staying in bed hasn't been the most exciting," she said. "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."
"Sod it, I think I've forgotten to record Strictly..."
After a hailstorm (which could cause confusion if golf ball sized) left puddles on the 18th green which had to be cleared by the green keepers for the sudden-death play-off, both players were off the green in three shots at the par four. Norqvist chipped to four feet and rolled in the putt for her second major which came eight years ago when she won the LPGA.
What happened to overnight leader Moriya Jutanugarn from Thailand? Well, she drove out of bounds at the 13th and then dropped a shot at the final hole in a level-par round of 72 to finish one behind the leaders.
Georgia Hall was the highest placed Briton, mixing three birdies with four bogeys in a 72 to end -4 in a share of 11th, while Charley Hull had three successive birdies in an eventful 70 that left her joint 33rd on +1 for the tournament.
World number one Ryu So-yeon of South Korea was one shot further back in a tie for 40th after a 70 on the final day.