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Nordqvist wins Evian play-off for second major title

18 September, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Paula Vaughn
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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.

Overnight leader Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand had a hard day and missed her spot in the final playoff when she bogeyed on the last hole to end up tied for third with past champion Lydia Ko of New Zealand and Australian Katherine Kirk.

World number one Ryu So-yeon of South Korea was one shot further back in a tie for 40th after a 70 on the final day.

Ariya Jutanugarn became the first Thai golfer to win a major at last year's Women's British Open, and victory for her older sibling on Sunday would make them the first sisters to be major champions since the formation of the LPGA Tour in 1950.

Altomare was chasing her first LPGA Tour victory after playing the secondary Symetra Tour in recent years until regaining her card for the 2016 season.

Over the next 11 holes she would produce four birdies and two eagles to take the lead before a bogey at her final hole would see her then forced to await those players behind her on the golf course. It was there that Nordqvist continued her charge, having already picked up three birdies and an eagle to offset the two bogeys with which she had to start the day.

She had the opportunity to retain a share of the lead with a par chip on 18, but missed.

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Sweden's Anna Nordqvist won the Evian Championship after beating American Brittany Altomare in a playoff on Sunday.

The 23-year-old added: "It was good for me playing in the last group in a major at Kingsbarns".

Jutanugarn, whose younger sister Ariya is already major champion, is one shot clear of Japan's Ayako Uehara, who soared with a 66.

On the 18th green, Miyazato holed a short par putt then was greeted greenside by Gary Player who presented a bouquet of pink roses. A recent 3rd place finish at the event in Portland suggested her game was improving but if she had gone on to win it would have been one of the biggest upsets for some time on the LPGA Tour. I always wanted to make the Solheim Cup and I did that.

"The distance was 25 meters, so I was deciding whether I'm going to do chipping or putting, and I think after I made the shot, I was surprised, as well", Park said after her round.

Birdies at the third and fourth holes were followed by bogeys at the seventh and 13th before the 20-year-old launched her attack.

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