Anna Nordqvist claims major glory after Evian Championship play-off

Sung Hyun Park

Anna Nordqvist overcame a brutal playing environment, impending darkness, mono, Brittany Altomare, and a final-round five-shot deficit to win the weather-shortened Evian Championship on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff at the fifth and final major of the LPGA season.

The 30-year-old Swedish claimed her second major title with a play-off win over American Brittany AltomareEVIAN, FRANCE Sweden's Anna Nordqvist claimed her second major title with a play-off win over American Brittany Altomare at the Evian Championship on Sunday.

British Open victor Kim In-kyung is in joint fourth along with world number one Lydia Ko and US Open victor Park Sung-hyun, with the trio three shots adrift of Jutanugarn.

A birdie at 14 immediately offset her prior bogey, before Ko suddenly reversed her previous par five performance.

The 22-year-old Thai was two shots behind pacesetter Park Sung-Hyun who took the lead Friday, 24 hours after Thursday's play was wiped out by heavy rain and fierce winds with the South Korean star stranded at six over after six holes.

Last week she finished runner-up at an LPGA Tour event in Indianapolis and later said the feeling of being in contention was welcome and gave her confidence.

It is Nordqvist's first major title since the 2009 LPGA Championship.

Ariya has missed the cut in three consecutive majors.

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Needing to get up and down, Ko's putter deserted her at the wrong moment, leaving the 20-year-old to complete a two-under 69, and missing out on the playoff.

"I'm trying to put myself in a good position, and when it's my time, probably it will turn out good".

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.

Earlier, Melbourne's So Oh recorded her second-best major championship finish with a closing 72 enough for her to finish T14 at two under.

Inevitably a question about the comparisons between her and Ariya came up during her post round press conference. Nordqvist made a five-foot bogey putt to win.

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

"I love competing and I prove practicing, and staying in bed hasn't been the most exciting", she said.

Should Jutanugarn take the trophy, she would become the 34th player in LPGA history to earn her first victory at a major.

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