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Gritty Nordqvist wins Evian Championship Katherine Kirk 3rd

18 September 2017

Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn watches her drive during the second round of the Evian Championship in France on Saturday.

Overnight leader Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand had a hard day and missed her spot in the final playoff when she bogeyed on the last hole to end up tied for third with past champion Lydia Ko of New Zealand and Australian Katherine Kirk. A stunning chip-in on the 15th, flopping a shot from the rough and running it into the cup, launched her back into the picture.

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.

Kim had five of her six birdies on the back nine en route to shooting a 68 on Sunday.

Those in the final few groups faltered over the closing stages and so it would be Nordqvist and Altomare who headed back to the 18th tee to decide the outcome. Two holes later, play was stopped. 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.

All of a sudden, Ko was at nine-under, and a bogey from Jutanugarn saw four players tied for the lead with just three holes to play.

This was the fifth and last major tournament of the 2017 LPGA season.

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist won the Evian Championship title today in a play-off that took place in the kind of torrential rain that had caused the original first round to be abandoned and replayed in a tournament reduced to 54 holes.

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Nordqvist and Altomare both shot 66 for 9-under totals of 204. 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.

Moriya, the older sister of fellow LPGA competitor Ariya Jutanugarn, failed to record a birdie over her back nine and was let down by two bogeys over that stretch, the only top-nine finisher to post a positive Day 3 score.

Ariya has missed the cut in three consecutive majors.

In her final round as a professional before retiring, two-time Evian victor Ai Miyazato shot 73 to finish 1 over.

"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.

"When Ariya won the British Open at Woburn previous year, I finished not long before her and dashed out to watch her play the last few holes", she recalled.

Ko would bogey the last to miss out on an opportunity for her second Evian title but given her runner-up finish in Indianapolis last week and now this close call she is now heading in the right direction after being out of sorts for much of this year.

Gritty Nordqvist wins Evian Championship Katherine Kirk 3rd