AIG Women’s Open R4

Anna Nordqvist claims third Major title

Women’s Open 2021 R4
August 19-22
Carnoustie Golf Links, Carnoustie, Scotland
$5,800,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

Women’s Open 2021 R4 - Anna Nordqvist claims third Major title
Credit: The R&A

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Anna Nordqvist claimed her third Major title after a thrilling success at the AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie.

“I’ve been waiting for this win for a while (first win since 2017). There have been a lot of downs and hard times so this makes it feel even sweeter. I could only dream of winning the AIG Women’s Open.”


Women’s Open 2021 R4

The Swede closed with an excellent three-under-par 69 for a 12-under-par total and a one-shot victory over a trio of players over the famous links.

Nordqvist was level with Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen on the closing hole and the 34-year-old’s solid par-4 was good enough to triumph as her playing partner slipped to a double bogey.


Women’s Open 2021 R4

“I obviously played really solid in the beginning today. I hit a great hybrid in there on the sixth to two-putt for birdie. I managed to get the round going.

“I feel like things have been coming together. I saw a lot of good things coming last year and a lot of good things happening this year. To be able to get things clicking, I felt like last week at the Scottish Open I played really well. I hit the ball really well in that wind so I think that was a confidence boost for me. There’s just something about golf that keeps driving me.”


Women’s Open 2021 R4

Nordqvist, who won the Women’s PGA Championship in 2009 and the Evian Championship in 2017, celebrated with her husband, Kevin McAlpine, who hails from Dundee.

England’s Georgia Hall, the 2018 Champion, Lizette Salas from the USA and another Swede, Madelene Sagstrom, all finished tied second on 11-under-par. Koerstz Madsen had to settle for a share of fifth place with Minjee Lee from Australia on 10-under-par.

“I thought five or six-under-par was needed today so I’m very happy with the way I played,” said Hall. “I had some good eagles that helped me along the way. Walking down the last, obviously in a very different position to three years ago, it’s still the best feeling in the world contending at a tournament. My driving has been very consistent so that helped me hit a lot of fairways to make birdie chances.”

Nordqvist, a past winner of the R&A Girls’ and Women’s Amateur championships, ignited her final-day success with three birdies in four holes from the sixth before a key par-3 save at the testing 16th.


Women’s Open 2021 R4

A host of challengers mounted their bid on a star-studded leaderboard during a dramatic final day at the Angus venue, most notably Hall who eagled both the 6th and 12th holes in her 67. Salas, the runner-up in 2019, also had a chance on the 18th to reach 12-under-par but just missed.

“I’m not going to try to dwell on what could have happened. I played really well and I putted well, too,” said Salas. “Yeah, I think I played well all week. I only had a few bogeys, I kept it out of trouble, and I stayed patient coming down the stretch. I had some crucial up-and-downs and I’m really proud of how I finished. I think it was a great championship.”

It was Nordqvist’s day, as she claimed the winner’s cheque of $870,000 as part of the new largest prize fund in women’s major championship golf.

Coming out on top of the international field of 144 players, which contained as many as 32 nationalities, Nordqvist lifted the iconic trophy in front of the delighted Carnoustie crowds.

With the fans enjoying glorious spells of afternoon sunshine – total attendance for the week was 28,758 – Louise Duncan shone to claim the prestigious Smyth Salver for leading amateur.


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Women’s Open 2021 R4

Ahead of her Curtis Cup debut at Conwy in Wales next week, the Scot raised hopes of a title challenge after making a birdie on the first to sit one off the lead. In the end, the 21-year-old had to settle for a level-par round of 72 and a tie for 10th place on seven-under-par, which secures her return for the 2022 AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield.

“I thought I handled it very well. I thought I would crumble a wee bit but seemed to hold my nerve out there and played well on the last day which was ultimately my goal,” said Duncan. “The fans were definitely out there. It was great to hear them cheering for me and I can’t thank them enough. I’ll definitely take this into the next few events and see whatever comes my way.”

Duncan joins an impressive roll of honour to claim the Smyth Salver, including Major champions Michelle Wie West (2005), Nordqvist (2008), Danielle Kang (2011), Lydia Ko (2012, 2013) and Hall (2013).

Women’s Open 2021 R4

Pos.
Player
To Par
Scores
Total
1
Anna Nordqvist
-12
71-71-65-69
276
T2
Georgia Hall
-11
68-69-73-67
277
T2
Madelene Sagstrom
-11
67-73-69-68
277
T2
Lizette Salas
-11
69-69-70-69
277
T5
Minjee Lee
-10
71-69-72-66
278
T5
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-10
70-69-68-71
278
T7
Patty Tavatanakit
-9
71-72-69-67
279
T7
Leonie Harm
-9
70-73-69-67
279
9
Moriya Jutanugarn
-8
72-67-71-70
280
T10
Marissa Steen
-7
73-70-69-69
281
T10
Ariya Jutanugarn
-7
71-71-68-71
281
T10
Louise Duncan (a)
-7
68-73-68-72
281
T13
Stephanie Kyriacou
-6
72-70-71-69
282
T13
Mina Harigae
-6
70-67-76-69
282
T13
Leona Maguire
-6
72-67-72-71
282
T13
Brooke M. Henderson
-6
71-69-70-72
282
T13
Nelly Korda
-6
67-73-70-72
282
T13
Yealimi Noh
-6
70-69-71-72
282
T13
Sei Young Kim
-6
67-71-72-72
282
T20
Alice Hewson
-5
73-70-71-69
283
T20
Matilda Castren
-5
73-68-72-70
283
T20
Ayaka Furue
-5
74-70-67-72
283
T20
Lexi Thompson
-5
69-70-70-74
283
T24
Paula Reto
-4
72-70-72-70
284
T24
Wichanee Meechai
-4
71-68-73-72
284
T26
Elizabeth Szokol
-3
72-72-71-70
285
T26
Nasa Hataoka
-3
70-72-71-72
285
T26
Sanna Nuutinen
-3
70-71-68-76
285
T29
Haeji Kang
-2
73-72-72-69
286
T29
Albane Valenzuela
-2
70-73-73-70
286
T29
Stacy Lewis
-2
73-71-71-71
286
T29
Lydia Ko
-2
72-71-72-71
286
T29
Gaby Lopez
-2
70-73-71-72
286
T34
Carlota Ciganda
-1
69-75-72-71
287
T34
Angel Yin
-1
73-72-70-72
287
T34
Perrine Delacour
-1
73-71-71-72
287
T34
Hinako Shibuno
-1
70-70-72-75
287
T34
Su Oh
-1
71-69-71-76
287
T39
Megan Khang
E
77-66-71-74
288
T39
Yuka Saso
E
68-71-74-75
288
T39
Brittany Lincicome
E
71-72-69-76
288
T42
Brittany Altomare
+1
70-75-74-70
289
T42
Lauren Walsh (a)
+1
74-69-76-70
289
T42
Emily Kristine Pedersen
+1
71-74-72-72
289
T42
Nicole Broch Larsen
+1
75-68-74-72
289
T42
Eun-Hee Ji
+1
72-69-73-75
289
T42
Jenny Shin
+1
71-71-71-76
289
T48
Gerina Piller
+2
72-70-73-75
290
T48
Jeongeun Lee6
+2
72-72-70-76
290
T48
Hannah Green
+2
73-70-71-76
290
T48
Atthaya Thitikul
+2
71-73-68-78
290
T52
Inbee Park
+3
70-75-77-69
291
T52
Jenny Coleman
+3
72-69-77-73
291
T52
Pajaree Anannarukarn
+3
72-72-68-79
291
T55
Andrea Lee
+4
68-75-80-69
292
T55
Marina Alex
+4
72-70-75-75
292
T55
Kelsey MacDonald
+4
75-70-71-76
292
58
Lauren Stephenson
+5
71-73-74-75
293
T59
Jessica Korda
+6
73-72-77-72
294
T59
Chella Choi
+6
71-72-78-73
294
T61
Christine Wolf
+7
73-72-78-72
295
T61
Aditi Ashok
+7
71-74-75-75
295
T61
Annabell Fuller (a)
+7
71-73-76-75
295
64
Jennifer Kupcho
+8
71-73-79-73
296
65
Felicity Johnson
+9
75-69-74-79
297
66
Laura Davies
+16
74-70-78-82
304
Austin Ernst
CUT
76-70
146
Ssu-Chia Cheng
CUT
75-71
146
Jennifer Song
CUT
75-71
146
Mi Hyang Lee
CUT
73-73
146
Sarah Schmelzel
CUT
73-73
146
Emma Talley
CUT
73-73
146
Lindsey Weaver
CUT
73-73
146
Celine Herbin
CUT
72-74
146
Alison Lee
CUT
72-74
146
Rose Zhang (a)
CUT
72-74
146
Trichat Cheenglab
CUT
78-69
147
A Lim Kim
CUT
76-71
147
Cydney Clanton
CUT
75-72
147
Gabriella Cowley
CUT
75-72
147
Amy Yang
CUT
75-72
147
Ashleigh Buhai
CUT
73-74
147
Kristen Gillman
CUT
73-74
147
Maha Haddioui
CUT
73-74
147
Whitney Hillier
CUT
73-74
147
Bronte Law
CUT
73-74
147
Agathe Sauzon
CUT
73-74
147
Celine Boutier
CUT
72-75
147
Ally Ewing
CUT
72-75
147
Sophia Popov
CUT
72-75
147
Olivia Cowan
CUT
71-76
147
Kylie Henry
CUT
71-76
147
Charley Hull
CUT
77-71
148
Sung Hyun Park
CUT
76-72
148
Prima Thammaraks
CUT
76-72
148
Serena Aoki
CUT
75-73
148
Laura Fuenfstueck
CUT
75-73
148
Christina Kim
CUT
75-73
148
Johanna Gustavsson
CUT
74-74
148
Esther Henseleit
CUT
72-76
148
Angela Stanford
CUT
72-76
148
Manon De Roey
CUT
76-73
149
Chloe Williams
CUT
76-73
149
Erika Hara
CUT
75-74
149
Mel Reid
CUT
75-74
149
In Gee Chun
CUT
74-75
149
Azahara Munoz
CUT
74-75
149
Marianne Skarpnord
CUT
74-75
149
Karolin Lampert
CUT
73-76
149
Magdalena Simmermacher
CUT
73-76
149
Ryann O’Toole
CUT
71-78
149
Cheyenne Knight
CUT
78-72
150
Ursula Wikstrom
CUT
78-72
150
Pia Babnik
CUT
77-73
150
Gemma Dryburgh
CUT
76-74
150
Jaye Marie Green
CUT
75-75
150
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
CUT
73-77
150
Mi Jung Hur
CUT
72-78
150
Katherine Kirk
CUT
72-78
150
Ingrid Lindblad (a)
CUT
77-74
151
Tsubasa Kajitani (a)
CUT
76-75
151
Danielle Kang
CUT
76-75
151
Muni He
CUT
74-77
151
Aline Krauter (a)
CUT
74-77
151
Annabel Dimmock
CUT
73-78
151
Nuria Iturrioz
CUT
78-74
152
Giulia Molinaro
CUT
78-74
152
Luna Sobron Galmes
CUT
78-74
152
Pornanong Phatlum
CUT
75-77
152
Caroline Masson
CUT
73-79
152
Ana Belac
CUT
72-80
152
Mo Martin
CUT
78-75
153
Catriona Matthew
CUT
78-75
153
Amy Olson
CUT
78-75
153
Pernilla Lindberg
CUT
75-78
153
Anne van Dam
CUT
75-78
153
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
CUT
74-79
153
Sarah Kemp
CUT
78-76
154
So Yeon Ryu
CUT
76-78
154
Lucie Malchirand
CUT
79-76
155
Cloe Frankish
CUT
78-78
156
Kirsten Rudgeley (a)
CUT
86-76
162
Lee-Anne Pace
WD
73
Jasmine Suwannapura
WD
75