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Anna Nordqvist Wins AIG Women's British Open

Aug 23, 2021

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland - Sun Devil Women's Golf legend Anna Nordqvist claimed her third LPGA Major Championship, winning the 2021 AIG Women's British Open.

Nordqvist beat out the top female golfers in the world for one of the most coveted titles in the sport, doing so at legendary Carnoustie Golf Course. She adds the British Open Championship to her trophy case of LPGA Majors, which already included the 2009 LPGA Championship and 2017 Evian Championship. It is her ninth win on the LPGA Tour and 14th professional win overall, as she continues her storied career. Nordqvist had come close in previous Majors, including a second-place finish at the 2016 U.S. Women's Open, but enjoyed another breakthrough in front of over 20,000 supporters in Scotland. 

"We are extremely proud of Anna," Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye remarked. "She has never stopped working to get better and it is amazing to see that determination pay off. We are lucky to have her representing our program at the professional level."

By virtue of her victory, Nordqvist earned $870,000 worth of prize money. She has now accumulated over $10.7 in earnings on the LPGA Tour, the 17th-most in tour history. Success at the professional level has been a signature of Sun Devil Women's Golf. Members of the program have made over $40 million on just the LPGA Tour alone. She is the only non-American woman to have won major championships in three different decades. Thanks to her win, she automatically clinches one of only six spots on the European Solheim Cup team, where she will be joined by fellow Sun Devil Carlota Ciganda for women's golf's biggest International event.

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. She was level with Denmark's Nanna Koerstz Madsen on the closing hole and held par, which was good enough to triumph as her playing partner who carded a double bogey. Nordqvist came out on top of the international field of 144 players, which contained as many as 32 nationalities.

This is the 75th Top-10 finish for the decorated LPGA star, who is in the midst of her 13th season on the tour. She made an immediate impact in 2009 right after leaving Arizona State and has never looked back, racking up accomplishments as a professional and representing her country. Nordqvist recently wrapped up her second Olympic appearance, competing at the 2020 Tokyo Games for Sweden. 

The two-time All-American (2007, 2008) while in Tempe is not the only Sun Devil shining on the tour. She is joined by Carlota Ciganda, Azahara Munoz, Giulia Molinaro, and Linnea Strom as tour regulars, a status that is extremely coveted. There is no shortage of future LPGA Tour propsects that wore the Maroon & Gold, with Olivia Mehaffey and Linn Grant pushing their way to the highest professional level soon.

Your best chance to see future LPGA Tour stars is by suppporting Sun Devil Women's Golf at the PING/ASU Inviational, running Mar. 25-27, 2022 at Papago Golf Course in Phoenix. Scottsdale, Arizona becomes the world hub of amateur golf when Grayhawk Golf Club hosts the 2022 NCAA Men's and Women's Golf Championships from May 20-June 1st. Don't miss the opportunity to watch the next stars of the sport compete for a championship in our backyard. 

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