Surprise victory for Nordqvist at LPGA Championship

Anna Nordqvist, who turned 22 last week, became the fourth Swede to win a golf major with her surprise victory at the LPGA Championship on Sunday.

Surprise victory for Nordqvist at LPGA Championship

Nordqvist made her first major championship as a professional a memorable one as she fired a four-under 68 to win the LPGA Championship.

Nordqvist finished at 15-under 273, four shots ahead of Australian Lindsey Wright.

After seeing her five-stroke lead shrink to one, Nordqvist drained a 12-foot birdie putt at the 14th, then all but sealed the victory with a 35-footer for birdie at the next.

“Of course it’s a fantastic feeling and I think that it will take several days for it to sink in that I have actually won. It has been an incredible week,” Nordqvist said after her victory yesterday in an interview with event organizers.

“I don’t think it has really hit me yet that I have won a major. I just tried to focus on what I needed to do. There isn’t anything I do about what the other players do on the court.”

Nordqvist, who began playing golf at the age of 13, had made the cut at the Women’s British Open the past two years as an amateur. She will advance to the US Open at the end of August.

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Sweden’s Noren storms to French Open title as fellow Swede Kinhult falters

Sweden's Alex Noren came back from a seven-shot overnight deficit to claim a dramatic French Open victory at Le Golf National on Sunday, as the difficult closing stretch of the Ryder Cup course saw a host of challengers slip up.

Sweden's Noren storms to French Open title as fellow Swede Kinhult falters
Swedish golfer Alex Noren holds the trophy after winning the HNA Open de France, as part of the European Tour 2018, on Sunday. Photo: LUCAS BARIOULET / AFP
Fellow Swede Marcus Kinhult had entered Sunday's play with a two-shot lead but struggled through a five-over final round to end in a three-way tie for fifth.
World number 16 Noren fired a brilliant four-under 67 to reach seven-under par for the tournament, before sitting back and watching his rivals falter as he won by a single stroke.
The 35-year-old will be a key figure for Europe when the Ryder Cup gets underway on September 28, and he showed all his qualities by playing the last three holes in two-under.
The big-name pairing of Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm both threatened, but the two Spaniards found water at the 18th, while world number two Justin Thomas never seriously contended.
Julian Suri, who was looking to become the first American winner of the event since Barry Jaeckel in 1972, went to the 72nd hole on eight-under but made a watery double-bogey, while England's Chris Wood also blew a late lead.
That handed Noren, who finished his fourth round 45 minutes before the final group, a 10th European Tour title and first since the BMW PGA Championship in May 2017, when he also fought back from seven shots behind on the final day.
Scotland's Russell Knox carded a final-round 65 earlier in the day to finish tied for second with Suri and Wood on six-under — enough to secure him a spot for the British Open at Carnoustie along with Kinhult and Suri.