Norway’s Suzann Pettersen fired a closing round of 68 to win the Evian Championship by two strokes from the New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko. It’s a second Major title for the Norwegian.
In the rain-shortened event, Pettersen and Ko began the final round tied for second place. The overnight leader was Mika Miyazato of Japan, but she quickly dropped out of the running with a disappointing front nine of five-over-par.
Pettersen birdied the second hole to take the lead and she remained one ahead of the 16-year-old amateur after nine holes.
Ko fell a further stroke behind with a bogey at the 13th hole and, from there, she and Pettersen matched scores until the clubhouse, allowing the Norwegian to win by two.
“It was definitely worth waiting a little while for this one – A Major!” she said. “I was actually a little nervous coming down the stretch.”
As an amateur Ko couldn’t claim the €223,964 cheque for second place. After the round she confirmed that turning pro is on the cards.
“It’s not only what I’m saying. It’s my parents and everything. They have a big say in it as well. Obviously people all around the world have their say,” she said. “I’m seeing some articles saying, ‘Oh, no you shouldn’t. You should wait.’ I guess at the end of the day, it’s my support crew that’s going to help me make the correct decision. Yeah, it’s secret. I got to get my mom’s permission to say anything.”
Lexi Thompson of the USA played a solid final round of 68 to finish alone in third spot and claim the second place cheque. South Koreans So Yeon Ryu and Se Ri Pak, shared fourth.
Holly Clyburn was the best placed Brit in a tie for 27th place.
Sep 12-15, purse €2,496,170, par 71
1 Suzann Pettersen (Nor) 66 69 68 203 €366,393
2 Lydia Ko (Am) (NZ) 68 67 70 205
3 Lexi Thompson (USA) 72 67 68 207 €223,964
T4 So Yeon Ryu (Kor) 71 66 71 208 €144,066
T4 Se Ri Pak (Kor) 66 71 71 208 €144,066
T6 Chella Choi (Kor) 70 67 72 209 €84,409
T6 Angela Stanford (USA) 69 71 69 209 €84,409
T6 Stacy Lewis (USA) 69 67 73 209 €84,409
T9 Jennifer Johnson (USA) 70 70 70 210 €57,634
T9 Beatriz Recari (Esp) 69 69 72 210 €57,634
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage