Anna Nordqvist claims major glory after Evian Championship play-off
00:34, Sep 18, 2017
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Nordqvist, the 2009 Women's PGA Championship victor, shot a five-under 66 to charge from tied 11th to a share of the lead at the conclusion of the third round in Evian-les-Bains, where the LPGA Tour event was reduced by 18 holes due to bad weather earlier this week.
Jutanugarn was chasing her first LPGA Tour title and when she made the turn she was then two ahead of Kirk and Altomare but she would drop shots at the 13th and 18th holes to miss out on the playoff by one.
The 35-year-old was scheduled to compete in the final round of the rain-affected Evian Championship at France on Sunday night, after a strong performance during the first two rounds.
Lydia Ko, the 2015 Evian Champion, produced a charge that nearly matched that of the victor having begun the day three strokes off the lead.
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The tournament was reduced to a three-round event after rain and strong winds caused the first round to be abandoned.
"I want to do my best so that we can both finish in the best possible way", she said referring to Miyazato.
She steeled herself during the second round.
Last year, Nordqvist lost a playoff for the U.S. Women's Open after a rules violation on the second extra hole - for touching sand with her club in a fairway bunker - was relayed to her on the next hole.
Coming into the final round three shots adrift, birdies on holes three and four kept Ko in touch with the leaders early on, though a bogey on the par five seventh diminshed her chances.
The Thai finished on eight-under par alongside New Zealand's Lydia Ko - the 2015 champion - and Australian Katherine Kirk.
In her final round as a professional before retiring, two-time Evian victor Ai Miyazato shot 73 to finish 1 over. Nordqvist eagled the par-5 15th to begin her path to victory.
This was the fifth and last major tournament of the 2017 LPGA season. It was during U.S. Open, and it wasn't - I wasn't feeling very well that week, but still battled through; eventually found out that I had mono. I wanted to play for Annika and I really wanted to make that team.
"I played my heart out and I tried my best and that's all I can do", Ko said. The 30-year old hasn't played much golf this year after getting hit with a brutal bout of mononucleosis at the beginning of the season.
The 21-year-old had two double bogeys to finish at nine over par.
Perth's Minjee Lee and Queenslander Sarah Jane Smith each closed with a 75 to finish one over and three over, respectively.
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