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McDonald moves up at final major

McDonald moves up at final major

Nordqvist bogeyed the 18th as the duo went to extra holes but, thanks to a double-bogey from her American opponent, it was enough to secure the 30-year-old's first major title since the 2009 LPGA Championship.

Playing through rain and hail, Anna Nordqvist defeated Brittany Altomare on the first hole of a playoff to win the Evian Championship in France.

But Nordqvist was much closer with her chip and she holed from four feet to record her second major title, following her Ladies Professional Golf Association Championship eighty years ago, doubling over and holding her head in emotion after securing the fifth and final major of this season's LPGA European Tour. The first 18 holes were canceled when conditions were unfit for play on Thursday, making it a 54-hole event.

She fought through extreme exhaustion to finish T-7 at the British Open and went 3-0-1 at the Solheim cup, but missed the cut last week at the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

Despite the ending, Ko's performance makes it two consecutive strong weeks, following her second place in Indianapolis the week prior.

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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.

The 23-year-old Moriya followed her opening 65 with a five-birdie round to stand on nine under par overall.

Lydia Ko, the 2015 victor, also made five at the final hole to miss out on the play-off and finish tied third alongside Jutanugarn and Katherine Kirk.

A birdie at 14 immediately offset her prior bogey, before Ko suddenly reversed her previous par five performance.

Anna Nordqvist has her redemption.

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

Nordqvist's victory ensured 10 different major winners in the last two seasons.

"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. "I rolled the ball very good, and just trying to keep going and like see a good shot and just relax on the golf course". As they made their rise, most of the overnight leaders fell away, with Ko one of the few exceptions.

But then the 20-year-old Korean born New Zealander missed a short putt for par at the 18 hole to finish one-stroke outside the play-off.

Perth's Minjee Lee and Queenslander Sarah Jane Smith each closed with a 75 to finish one over and three over, respectively.

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