Evian Championship: Moriya Jutanugarn hopes to emulate sister

Evian Championship: Moriya Jutanugarn hopes to emulate sister

Nordqvist leaves Evian-Les-Bains in France with her first major championship in eight years, and the Arizona State University graduate will end 2017 with high spirits for what next year could bring.

Altomare was chasing her first LPGA Tour victory after playing the secondary Symetra Tour in recent years until regaining her card for the 2016 season.

Nordqvist laid the foundations for a momentous win in the closing seven holes after starting Sunday's round five shots off the pace set by Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn.

Uehara ended the day as Jutanugarn's closest challenger after a 66 which included four birdies in five holes from the 13th and, after her second bogey of the back nine at 18, she hit back with gains at the second, third and sixth holes to vault into outright second.

The playoff was left to be battled out between Europe and America, and few could argue it wasn't the two most deserving candidates going head-to-head based on their Sunday displays. While the 23-year-old Thai was making bogey-6 at the 13th, Nordqvist made an eagle-3 and birdie to be alone on 10 under.

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"These last couple weeks, it's been hard; it's been frustrating; it's been disappointing", said Nordqvist after her victory.

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.

Kirk will start the final round just two shots off the lead after shooting a two-under-par 69 second round on Saturday to get to seven under.

Ariya has missed the cut in three consecutive majors.

After a second-round 68 at the weather-shortened Evian, she is in pole position to become her country's second major victor.

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In comparison, Jutanugarn and Ko could only manage third-round scores of one-over and two-under, respectively, and were unable to withstand the pressure as they just missed out on playoff berths. A recent 3rd place finish at the event in Portland suggested her game was improving but if she had gone on to win it would have been one of the biggest upsets for some time on the LPGA Tour.

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

With rain and then hail lashing the course, the play-off was staged in horrendous conditions and the 18th green had to be squeegeed before the players could putt.

Kirk is in good shape this year. I always wanted to make the Solheim Cup and I did that.

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