Nordqvist wins women's British Open to claim third major

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Sweden's Anna Nordqvist is presented with the trophy after her victory in the Women's British Open, after a final round 69 at Carnoustie, Scotland on August 22, 2021. Sweden's Anna Nordqvist won her third major title with a final round 69 to finish on 12-under par at the Women's British Open at Carnoustie on Sunday. (Photo: AFP)
CARNOUSTIE, United Kingdom  — Sweden's Anna Nordqvist won her third major title with a final round 69 to finish on 12-under par at the Women's British Open at Carnoustie on Sunday.اضافة اعلان

Nordqvist, winner of the 2009 LPGA Championship and the 2017 Evian Championship, finished one shot clear of Georgia Hall, Madelene Sagstrom and Lizette Salas.

On a day blighted by heavy showers, Swede Nordqvist fired a best of week 65, while Koerstz Madsen highlighted her 68 with an eagle from 12 feet at the long 12th.

The new US star, Yealimi Koh, was out on her own on 10 under but then became the latest casualty of Carnoustie's testing final holes.

Ten under with three to play, the 20-year-old — third in last month's Evian Championship — dropped shots at the 16th and 17th and then went into the burn and ran up a double-bogey six at the 18th to finish with a 71 for six under.

Nordqvist, a two-time major champion, won the Evian Championship in pouring rain four years ago, so she has shown she can perform in tough weather.

"I played so solid and I've had a great attitude this week," said the 34-year-old. 

"I love being back in Scotland and the rain wasn't quite as bad as predicted. I had a few family and friends out there which was nice."

She also knows this week is important for European Solheim Cup selection as captain Catriona Matthew names her team on Monday.

"I need a pick so fingers crossed," said Nordqvist after the bogey free round. 
"I have played in six of them and it is always a huge highlight to make the European team."

Koerstz Madsen is hoping that one more good round could clinch her Solheim Cup debut for Europe's defense in the USA in a fortnight's time.

She won on the European Tour in 2016 and also has three victories on the Symetra Tour and had a tie for third in the first major this season, the ANA Inspiration in California.

"I am trying not to focus on the Solheim," she said. 

"I played good golf today and tomorrow I just have to calm my nerves and try and put together another good score."

Nelly Korda, the Olympic gold medalist, had a 70 to stay in contention on six under par and three off the lead.

Duncan had another outstanding day in front of her home crowd.

Playing alongside the professionals for a first time, the 21-year-old has far surpassed her expectations.

"I was just hoping to make the cut and enjoy every minute. So far, it's been amazing," she said.

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