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Anna Nordqvist prevails in playoff at rain-shortened Evian Championship

18 September 2017, 01:12 | Clyde Nash

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The Swede mounted a Sunday charge with a five-under par, 66 to come from five-strokes back of Jutanugarn, the 36-hole leader, to force a playoff with Brittany Altomare.

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.

The 2009 LPGA Championship victor, who battled glandular fever (mononucleosis) this summer, outlasted third-year-pro Altomare under borderline-unplayable conditions similar to those on Thursday that forced the LPGA to reduce the tourney to 54 holes.

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.

Jutanugarn entered the third round with a one-shot lead and boasted a playoff-worthy score of nine-under but posted her only positive 18 of the weekend at an unfortunate time to end her candidacy for the title.

But the 23-year-old drove out of bounds at the 13th and then dropped a shot at the final hole in a level-par round of 72 to finish one behind the leaders.

Neither of the two players ahead of her has yet won on the LPGA Tour.

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Anna Nordqvist of Sweden celebrates with her trophy after winning the Evian Championship women's golf tournament.

Needing to get up and down, Ko's putter deserted her at the wrong moment, leaving the 20-year-old to complete a two-under 69, and missing out on the playoff.

Among others who had finished their second round, Jennifer Song of the United States shot a 65 for the best round of the day and stood at 5 under alongside Shanshan Feng of China and Angela Stanford of the US.

Park was playing in a stellar group of the world's three best players with No. 1 So Yeon Ryu, her fellow South Korean, and No. 2 Lexi Thompson of the U.S. Her wins at Evian came before it was upgraded in 2013. Two holes later, play was stopped.

"I haven't played much the last couple months, so definitely feel like I need some more tournament play, but obviously excited to put up a good number today", Nordqvist said.

"I just felt like I wanted to go out there today and focus on what I could do", Nordqvist said, reported. "I thought it was just for second", said Altomare.

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