Evian Championship: Anna Nordqvist wins playoff to seal second major title

Moriya Jutanugarn

Moriya Jutanugarn

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist came through a tense sudden-death play-off with Brittany Altomare to win her second major at the Evian Championship.

Her fate was matched by Jutanugarn, who similarly bogied the last to miss the playoff, which was eventually, and somewhat farcically, won by Nordqvist on the first playoff hole as rain and hail fell.

Jutanugarn takes a one-shot lead into the third and final round of the Evian Championship - the final major of the season on the LPGA Tour.

Lydia Ko has endured a frustrating 2017.

For the Wichita based Queenslander however it was her second best finish in a major championship after her runner-up finish at the 2010 Women's British Open and on top of her win in Wisconsin a few weeks ago she is returning to the game which saw her win twice earlier in her career.

The Swede saved eight shots in total on Sunday-two eagles and four birdies-and was the most impressive in terms of chasing the lead, particularly given the conditions didn't always allow for risky manoeuvres. She rolled it in for the win and doubled over with emotion, bent at the waist, her face in her hands. "I was able to forget yesterday [Thursday] and just focus on today".

Ko's chances of ending her barren run this season took a hit when she bogeyed the first, but the former world No 1 replied with three straight birdies from the third and added another at the eighth. I wanted to play for Annika and I really wanted to make that team.

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

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Two holes behind, Jutanugarn was struggling at the 13 hole. Ko missed a short putt for par at the 18 hole to finish one-stroke outside the playoff.

"At these major events, the keys are the fairways and greens this week", said Moriya, who is still looking for her first LPGA victory.

For the past two and a half months, Nordqvist has been suffering from glandular fever, but she leant on the words of her late grandfather, who said to "never give up".

Katherine Kirk is in the hunt for her second win of the season as she sits at the solo third spot at seven-under par.

"I was lucky", admitted the 23-year-old South Korean.

"But I reckon if I keep knocking on the door, one day it will be my turn", she said.

In search of a miracle eagle up the testing last hole, the 35-year-old played a stunning long approach inside 2m, then dropped a putt that forced a wry smile when she clearly thought of what might have been.

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