Stanford takes Evian Championship to win first major at 76th attempt

Silvia Morton
September 19, 2018

Stanford says it's been hard being away from her mother during events, but her mother wants her to play and relishes rooting for her. "It was only my third year and I had no idea what I was doing, to be perfectly honest".

Olson, who had carried a two-shot lead into the last round, arrived at the 18th hole needing only to make par to earn what would have been her first major tour victory at Evian-Les-Bains in south-eastern France.

While this was only Olson's second legitimate chance at a major title, it was all too familiar territory for Stanford, who lost in an 18-hole playoff to Hilary Lunke at the 2003 U.S. Women's Open.

Olson missed a six-foot putt for bogey on the 18th to force a play-off.

An emotional Stanford told www.lpga.com: "There's a lot of relief".

The result ensured American women extended a streak of winning at least one major title each year since Evian was added as the fifth in 2013.

For leader Olson the stakes are somewhat different, the fourth-year professional yet to win any event on the LPGA and boasting only four top 10 finishes since joining the circuit in 2014. "I committed to every shot and did everything I could".

She crouched with her hands on her head, tapped in for par, then went to sign autographs out of sight of the playing area.

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Olson's fellow American, Mo Martin, sits in third at 10-under after finishing two strokes under par on Saturday. After making eagle on the par-5 15 hole to take a share of the lead with Olson, she immediately double-bogeyed the par-3 16. "I wasn't rooting for her to miss the putt on 18".

Refusing to check the leaderboard all day, Olson said she only knew on the 18th tee where she stood.

But Olson took a double-bogey six at the 18th, hitting her tee shot into rough and then three-putting. A par putt for victory raced past.

The 22-year-old from Dorset said on Sky Sports: "It was a bit up and down".

Defending champion Anna Nordqvist of Sweden shot 70 and tied for 44th.

"I really enjoyed (the nerves), that means I care, right?" "I can't wait to be out here full time".

The 53-year-old McCarron has seven PGA Tour Champions victories, also winning in Wisconsin in June. Olson said. "It was fun to start solid with a birdie on the first hole, I don't think nerves are a bad thing".

Mark O'Meara had a 64 to join Tom Byrum (66), Paul Broadhurst (68) and Esteban Toledo (69) at 9 under.

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