Anna Nordqvist wins third major women’s British Open

by | Aug 23, 2021 | Sports | 0 comments

Anna Nordqvist – Photo Credit: Flickr

On Sunday, Anna Nordqvist of Sweden won her third major title with a final round 69 to finish on 12-under par at the Women’s British Open at Carnoustie.

The 34-year-old was the winner of the 2009 LPGA Championship and the 2017 Evian Championship. She finished one shot clear of Georgia Hall, Madelene Sagstrom and Lizette Salas. 

Nordqvist shared the lead with playing partner Nanna Koerstz Madsen heading down the 18th, but a par was enough to secure victory while Koerstz Madsen of Denmark hit her second shot into a bunker and then shanked the recovery. Madsen eventually took a double-bogey six for a share of fifth place on 10-under.

“I had so many family and friends here this week. It has been great,” said Nordqvist who is set to feature in her seventh Solheim Cup in two weeks’ time in Toledo, Ohio. “I have been waiting for this one for a while, it has been a tough couple of years. It is lovely to have my husband here and I could only dream about winning the Women’s Open in Carnoustie. This place is truly special. The fans have been great and my caddie, Paul Cormack is also Scottish too. They have both been my rocks. It’s been so nice to have crowds back this year.”

Nordqvist and Madsen started the day tied for the lead and after much jostling among the field it ended up as sudden-death between the pair down the last. Nordqvist kept her cool, but Madsen hoped her performance over the four days would still be good enough to catch the eye of watching Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew name her team on Monday.