Nordqvist wins Evian for second major title

Anna Nordqvist wins Evian Championship in playoff

She won the title in 2009 and 2011 - it became a major in 2013. But she had to lay up with her second shot, hit it way left, and ended up making bogey for a round of 72.

Jutanugarn's three-under round gave her a one-shot lead over Japan's Ayako Uehara in the event reduced to 54-holes due to Thursday's adverse weather, while 2015 champion Lydia Ko is just three behind as she chases her first win of a disappointing year.

Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn has been threatening to win her first LPGA Tour title for much of 2017 and tomorrow she has a chance to not only achieve that goal but for that first victory to be a major championship.

Katherine Kirk is one further back after the Australian staged a gallant recovery from being two over after eight holes, following a birdie at nine with gains at 13, 16 and 17 to return a creditable 69.

Tied at nine-under par, the pair returned to the par four, 18 where Nordqvist defeated Altomare with a bogey in the pouring rain and hail to win the Evian Championship.

She fought through extreme exhaustion to finish T-7 at the British Open and went 3-0-1 at the Solheim cup, but missed the cut last week at the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

Inevitably a question about the comparisons between her and Ariya came up during her post round press conference.

"When that happens, I mean, I still do make the occasional double, but it's just not as bad as it used to be". 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.

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Former No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand, the 2015 Evian victor, and Ayako Uehara of Japan each picked up three shots to be 6 under.

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.

Park said: "I didn't play well today, so I have a little gap from the top players".

"When I see all my friends behind the 18th green it nearly makes me cry, so I tried not to watch them", said the 32-year-old Miyazato. "It was really cool to play here, and I feel like the support was enormous".

With the win, Nordqvist, of Sweden, will take home $547,500.

"I was very happy for her".

Uehara, ranked 163 in the world, had seven birdies to move into contention.

Nordqvist's victory is the eighth of her career and second of the season.

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