Second major for Nordqvist at rain affected Evian Championship
This time a major play-off was good to Anna Nordqvist and the curious decision to wipe Thursday's scores clean.
Less than three months ago Anna Nordqvist was told to stay in bed for a fortnight after being diagnosed with mononucleosis at the the US Women’s Open. The Swede missed the Scottish Open, tied for seventh at the Women’s British Open and was then Europe’s top scorer (3.5/4) at the Solheim Cup.
Now she is a major winner for the second time after beating Brittany Altomare in a play-off that was played in atrocious conditions, a five-foot bogey putt being good enough after getting up and down – it was only last year that she lost a play-off for the US Women’s Open when she received a delayed two-shot penalty against Brittany Lang.
Both players were round in 66 to finish on nine under (the tournament was reduced to 54 holes after Thursday’s play was ruled out) and they were one ahead of Lydia Ko, Katherine Kirk and the overnight leader Moriya Jutanugarn (72).
The Swede played her first five holes in two over but then turned it on with eagles at 7 and 15 to go alongside four birdies.
“I did grow up in Sweden, but I’ve been in the US for 10 years now, so I really struggle with the cold, and I couldn’t feel my hands on the last few shots in the play-off,” said Nordqvist.
“I hit a great 6-iron in on six. I made birdie there and then I spun a wedge for eagle on my seventh hole. But then on 14, I hit a great hybrid and birdied there, and then great 3-wood in on 15. 18 was playing really tough so making a bogey there in regulation felt great.”
As for the debilitating illness she added: “These last couple of weeks it’s been hard, it’s been frustrating and disappointing. I was very excited to tee it up in the Solheim Cup and I was absolutely exhausted after. I came back last week, hit it flawless and missed the cut, so it has just been very testing, but I couldn’t be more proud.”
England’s Georgia Hall tied for 10th and So Yeon Ryu won the Rolex Annika Major Award for the best overall performance across the five Majors this year.