AIG Women’s Open R3

Nordqvist and Koerstz Madsen top leaderboard

Women’s Open 2021 R3
August 19-22
Carnoustie Golf Links, Carnoustie, Scotland
$5,800,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

Women’s Open 2021 R3 - Nordqvist and Koerstz Madsen top leaderboard
Nanna Koerstz Madsen. Credit: The R&A

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Two Scandinavian players head a star-studded leaderboard going into the final round of the AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie.

Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and Nanna Koerstz Madsen from Denmark share the lead on nine-under-par after impressive rounds in challenging, wet conditions in Angus.


Women’s Open 2021 R3

Nordqvist signed for a best-of-the-week score of seven-under-par 65 to surge through the international field, while Koerstz Madsen added a third-round 68 for her nine-under total.

Nordqvist was in sparkling form in her bogey-free round, which was kick-started with three birdies in a row from the sixth. The 34-year-old, who won the R&A Girls’ and Women’s Amateur championships in her amateur days, has enjoyed local support given her partner is Scot, Kevin McAlpine.


Women’s Open 2021 R3

“I feel like I’ve been playing really solid this week and last week at the Scottish Open I hit the ball really well, so I think it’s been coming together for a while. I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens today which gave me a lot of good chances.

“I made a few good putts out there, especially on 8, a longer one, and I had to stay patient around the turn. I had good chances on 9, 10, 12 and 13, I feel like all inside like 12 feet, and then I didn’t make any. It was nice to finish with a birdie on 15 and 17. I’m very happy with my round and feel like I’ve been staying patient this week and just letting it come to me instead of trying to force it.”


Women’s Open 2021 R3

While Nordqvist is chasing a third major title, Koerstz Madsen, 26, is seeking the biggest win of her career and highlighted her round with an eagle at the par-5 12th.

“I’ve just got to try and calm down my nerves and remember that I’m playing good golf right now, so that’s what I’m going to try and focus on. I played quite steady out there. I hit a lot of greens. I would have liked somewhere been closer to the pin but also made some good putts. I’m happy with the round.”


The USA’s Yealimi Noh had reached 10-under-par only to drop four shots over Carnoustie’s demanding last three holes, meaning the consistent Lizette Salas is the nearest challenger to the top two after the American added a 70 for an eight-under-par total.

“I think at some point we were going to have to mentally prepare for conditions like this and I think it really forced me to go back to boring golf instead of trying to be aggressive,” said Salas. I think the wet conditions really kind of settled everything. I got off to a little shaky start and after the bogey on the 5th, I think the momentum switched and I was able to hit really good shots coming down the stretch to give myself good looks.”


Women’s Open 2021 R3

Four players are placed on seven-under-par, including Scottish amateur Louise Duncan as the 21-year-old Women’s Amateur champion continued her dream week after a superb 68. Nordqvist won the Smyth Salver as leading amateur at the championship in 2008, with Duncan in pole position for that honour as well as chasing the title itself.

“My putting has been key for me this week,” said Duncan. “My putting has been really solid and just all my game, really. I’ve hit the ball great and drove the ball really nicely. Obviously, I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. Carnoustie has a record for disasters! I think it’s been great for the three amateurs (Annabell Fuller and Lauren Walsh) that got through to the weekend. I think it’s given us a good bit of confidence going down to the Curtis Cup next week.”


World number 12 Lexi Thompson, Finland’s Sanna Nuutinen and Madelene Sagstrom from Sweden are also placed on seven-under-par, with world number one Nelly Korda, Brooke Henderson, Georgia Hall and the Jutanugarn sisters, Ariya and Moriya, among those threatening on six-under.

“We got the first nine in great weather, not too much wind, really the whole day and we were unfortunate with the rain coming in, but you expect that coming over here,” saod Thompson. “It’s a demanding golf course in general. You have to hit those tee balls and trust those lines out there, really play for those bounces around the green and trust those golf shots. Putting weather into play makes it more difficult and you just have to stay in the moment and focus on one shot at a time.”

Women’s Open 2021 R3

Pos.
Player
To Par
Scores
Total
T1
Anna Nordqvist
-9
71-71-65
207
T1
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-9
70-69-68
207
3
Lizette Salas
-8
69-69-70
208
T4
Sanna Nuutinen
-7
70-71-68
209
T4
Louise Duncan (a)
-7
68-73-68
209
T4
Madelene Sagstrom
-7
67-73-69
209
T4
Lexi Thompson
-7
69-70-70
209
T8
Ariya Jutanugarn
-6
71-71-68
210
T8
Brooke M. Henderson
-6
71-69-70
210
T8
Nelly Korda
-6
67-73-70
210
T8
Moriya Jutanugarn
-6
72-67-71
210
T8
Yealimi Noh
-6
70-69-71
210
T8
Sei Young Kim
-6
67-71-72
210
T8
Georgia Hall
-6
68-69-73
210
T15
Ayaka Furue
-5
74-70-67
211
T15
Su Oh
-5
71-69-71
211
T15
Leona Maguire
-5
72-67-72
211
T18
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-4
72-72-68
212
T18
Atthaya Thitikul
-4
71-73-68
212
T18
Marissa Steen
-4
73-70-69
212
T18
Patty Tavatanakit
-4
71-72-69
212
T18
Brittany Lincicome
-4
71-72-69
212
T18
Leonie Harm
-4
70-73-69
212
T18
Minjee Lee
-4
71-69-72
212
T18
Hinako Shibuno
-4
70-70-72
212
T18
Wichanee Meechai
-4
71-68-73
212
T27
Stephanie Kyriacou
-3
72-70-71
213
T27
Jenny Shin
-3
71-71-71
213
T27
Nasa Hataoka
-3
70-72-71
213
T27
Matilda Castren
-3
73-68-72
213
T27
Yuka Saso
-3
68-71-74
213
T27
Mina Harigae
-3
70-67-76
213
T33
Jeongeun Lee6
-2
72-72-70
214
T33
Megan Khang
-2
77-66-71
214
T33
Hannah Green
-2
73-70-71
214
T33
Alice Hewson
-2
73-70-71
214
T33
Gaby Lopez
-2
70-73-71
214
T33
Paula Reto
-2
72-70-72
214
T33
Eun-Hee Ji
-2
72-69-73
214
T40
Angel Yin
-1
73-72-70
215
T40
Stacy Lewis
-1
73-71-71
215
T40
Perrine Delacour
-1
73-71-71
215
T40
Elizabeth Szokol
-1
72-72-71
215
T40
Lydia Ko
-1
72-71-72
215
T40
Gerina Piller
-1
72-70-73
215
T46
Kelsey MacDonald
E
75-70-71
216
T46
Carlota Ciganda
E
69-75-72
216
T46
Albane Valenzuela
E
70-73-73
216
T49
Haeji Kang
+1
73-72-72
217
T49
Emily Kristine Pedersen
+1
71-74-72
217
T49
Nicole Broch Larsen
+1
75-68-74
217
T49
Marina Alex
+1
72-70-75
217
T53
Felicity Johnson
+2
75-69-74
218
T53
Lauren Stephenson
+2
71-73-74
218
T53
Jenny Coleman
+2
72-69-77
218
T56
Brittany Altomare
+3
70-75-74
219
T56
Lauren Walsh (a)
+3
74-69-76
219
T58
Aditi Ashok
+4
71-74-75
220
T58
Annabell Fuller (a)
+4
71-73-76
220
60
Chella Choi
+5
71-72-78
221
T61
Jessica Korda
+6
73-72-77
222
T61
Inbee Park
+6
70-75-77
222
T61
Laura Davies
+6
74-70-78
222
T64
Christine Wolf
+7
73-72-78
223
T64
Jennifer Kupcho
+7
71-73-79
223
T64
Andrea Lee
+7
68-75-80
223
CUT
Austin Ernst  
76-70
146
CUT
Ssu-Chia Cheng  
75-71
146
CUT
Jennifer Song  
75-71
146
CUT
Mi Hyang Lee  
73-73
146
CUT
Sarah Schmelzel  
73-73
146
CUT
Emma Talley  
73-73
146
CUT
Lindsey Weaver  
73-73
146
CUT
Celine Herbin  
72-74
146
CUT
Alison Lee  
72-74
146
CUT
Rose Zhang (a)  
72-74
146
CUT
Trichat Cheenglab  
78-69
147
CUT
A Lim Kim  
76-71
147
CUT
Cydney Clanton  
75-72
147
CUT
Gabriella Cowley  
75-72
147
CUT
Amy Yang  
75-72
147
CUT
Ashleigh Buhai  
73-74
147
CUT
Kristen Gillman  
73-74
147
CUT
Maha Haddioui  
73-74
147
CUT
Whitney Hillier  
73-74
147
CUT
Bronte Law  
73-74
147
CUT
Agathe Sauzon  
73-74
147
CUT
Celine Boutier  
72-75
147
CUT
Ally Ewing  
72-75
147
CUT
Sophia Popov  
72-75
147
CUT
Olivia Cowan  
71-76
147
CUT
Kylie Henry  
71-76
147
CUT
Charley Hull  
77-71
148
CUT
Sung Hyun Park  
76-72
148
CUT
Prima Thammaraks  
76-72
148
CUT
Serena Aoki  
75-73
148
CUT
Laura Fuenfstueck  
75-73
148
CUT
Christina Kim  
75-73
148
CUT
Johanna Gustavsson  
74-74
148
CUT
Esther Henseleit  
72-76
148
CUT
Angela Stanford  
72-76
148
CUT
Manon De Roey  
76-73
149
CUT
Chloe Williams  
76-73
149
CUT
Erika Hara  
75-74
149
CUT
Mel Reid  
75-74
149
CUT
In Gee Chun  
74-75
149
CUT
Azahara Munoz  
74-75
149
CUT
Marianne Skarpnord  
74-75
149
CUT
Karolin Lampert  
73-76
149
CUT
Magdalena Simmermacher  
73-76
149
CUT
Ryann O’Toole  
71-78
149
CUT
Cheyenne Knight  
78-72
150
CUT
Ursula Wikstrom  
78-72
150
CUT
Pia Babnik  
77-73
150
CUT
Gemma Dryburgh  
76-74
150
CUT
Jaye Marie Green  
75-75
150
CUT
Jodi Ewart Shadoff  
73-77
150
CUT
Mi Jung Hur  
72-78
150
CUT
Katherine Kirk  
72-78
150
CUT
Ingrid Lindblad (a)  
77-74
151
CUT
Tsubasa Kajitani (a)  
76-75
151
CUT
Danielle Kang  
76-75
151
CUT
Muni He  
74-77
151
CUT
Aline Krauter (a)  
74-77
151
CUT
Annabel Dimmock  
73-78
151
CUT
Nuria Iturrioz  
78-74
152
CUT
Giulia Molinaro  
78-74
152
CUT
Luna Sobron Galmes  
78-74
152
CUT
Pornanong Phatlum  
75-77
152
CUT
Caroline Masson  
73-79
152
CUT
Ana Belac  
72-80
152
CUT
Mo Martin  
78-75
153
CUT
Catriona Matthew  
78-75
153
CUT
Amy Olson  
78-75
153
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg  
75-78
153
CUT
Anne van Dam  
75-78
153
CUT
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras  
74-79
153
CUT
Sarah Kemp  
78-76
154
CUT
So Yeon Ryu  
76-78
154
CUT
Lucie Malchirand  
79-76
155
CUT
Cloe Frankish  
78-78
156
CUT
Kirsten Rudgeley (a)  
86-76
162
WD
Lee-Anne Pace  
73
WD
Jasmine Suwannapura  
75