ScotlandAnna Nordqvist on August 22 won the championship with a score of -12, winning $ 870,000 at the Women’s Open – the 45th women’s major at Royal & Ancient (R&A).
The Swedish golfer hit 71-71-65-69 in four rounds on the Carnoustie par72 course, in which the penultimate stage established the 18-hole record for this year’s tournament. Thanks to that, Nordqvist stood at T1 with a score of -9 after 54 holes.
On the closing day, Nordqvist and Danish golfer Nanna Koerstz Madsen started the last round. Nordqvist thanks to three birdies to score -12 when nine holes are exhausted. In the second half of the round, she “break even” because the birdie on hole 14 made up for bogey on hole 12.
In this match, Nordqvist reached 258 yards in two holes with average teeing distance, hitting 10 of 15 fairways because the course had three par3 holes, 15 holes on the green and 32 putts. Including the tournament, the player born in 1987 achieved the same number of shots as the last match, hitting 70% of the fairway, 79% GIR, and 30 putts per round.
The finish line saw four contenders for the championship with Nordqvist, including Madsen, Georgia Hall, Madelene Sagstrom and Lizette Salas. But only Madsen clings to the end. She and Nordqvist both held the top of the table -12 on hole 18. But in the last round, the Danish golfer caught a bunker on the right side of the green on the second shot. Meanwhile, Nordqvist hit the green after two shots with a birdie chance more than six meters away.
Madsen escaped on the third shot but entered the rough on heel contact. When Madsen entered the green after the chip, Nordqvist two putts holding par still won. Nordqvist rolled the rim of the hole in the first putt and tapped it lightly, and Madsen added two more putts and closed the game with a double bogey. This “tunnel collapse” phase caused the Danish golfer to return to T5 with a score of -10, earning $219,800. Hall, Sagstrom and Salas finished ahead of Madsen. All three on T2 (-11), each received 409,135 USD.
With yesterday’s victory, Nordqvist ended four years without an LPGA Tour title.
“For the past few years, I have doubted my ability to win. Now, holding the Women’s Open is nothing more than a dream. This victory is worth the wait and hard work for a long time to overcome the form. erratic,” Nordqvist said during the award ceremony. The event also closed the women’s major season, following the ANA Inspiration, US Open, PGA and Evian Championship.
Nordqvist has played professionally since 2008, winning three majors in nine LPGA Tour titles, including the last Women’s Open. She won her first major – PGA Championship 2009 in her debut season in the US arena, then it took eight years to reach her second major – Evian Championship 2017.
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