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Anna Nordqvist wins Evian Championship after playoff

Anna Nordqvist wins Evian Championship after playoff

Tied at nine-under par, the pair returned to the par four, 18 where Nordqvist defeated Altomare with a bogey in the pouring rain and hail to win the Evian Championship.

It began to pour as Nordqvist and Altomare stepped on the 18th tee to begin the playoff.

Three putts from huge range on the par-3 16 was followed by a slightly tugged drive up the short par-4 17 and, from the deep, wet rough, Kirk could only manage to leave the ball on the front fringe of a wickedly sloping green.

"Winning didn't really cross my mind until I was having a great couple birdies and eagles there down the stretch". "Trying to get into the Olympics is even a thought". As they made their rise, most of the overnight leaders fell away, with Ko one of the few exceptions.

Rounds of 66 and 69 put her in a position to win her first major.

"I love competing and I prove practicing, and staying in bed hasn't been the most exciting", Nordqvist said about being on bed rest. "It's been hard. It's been frustrating".

It was the 30-year-old Nordqvist's second major title after she claimed the LPGA Women's Championship in 2009.

There hadn't been a playoff at this tournament since it became a major in 2013.

The Evian Championship was reduced to 54 holes after wind and rain washed out play on the first day on Thursday.

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At one point on the back nine of the final round, five players shared the lead.

In this Associated Press photo, Park Sung-hyun of South Korea watches her shot at the third hole during the final round of the Evian Championship on the LPGA Tour in Evian-les-Bains, France, on September 17, 2017.

All of a sudden, Ko was at nine-under, and a bogey from Jutanugarn saw four players tied for the lead with just three holes to play. Ko, who has struggled this year, is seeing a late-season resurgence.

In her final round as a professional before retiring, two-time Evian victor Ai Miyazato shot 73 to finish 1 over.

"I think it would just give myself confidence that I'm still playing good", said Ko when asked what it would mean if she was able to go on and win.

Kirk is in good shape this year.

"I probably don't feel that bad playing on the golf course rather than watching my sister play", said Moriya Jutanugarn, who recalled feeling "nervous, excited" a year ago when finishing her round to watch Ariya win at Woburn, England. A bogey at the final hole took the gloss off her round but it proved enough to force a playoff. Jutanugarn took herself out of the playoff with a bogey on 18 after flying the green.

A first-round 78 left her with a major hill to climb to make the top 70, and a second round of 72, with a birdie at the 18th, left her with five shots too many to survive the 36-hole axe.


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