Angela Stanford claims maiden major title at Evian Championship

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She stayed as joint leader with Kim on 13 under - three shots clear - only when Kim's putt from off the same green hit the pin and stayed out.

After Olson was outright or joint leader all day - briefly with Stanford at 13 under with four holes to play - she three-putted to end her championship with a career-best result.

Olson, playing in the group behind Stanford, had missed her tee shot left and couldn't get her second shot out of the gnarly rough. A par 4 would win, but she hooked her tee shot into the rough, and her third-shot approach was well below the pin.

Olson missed a six-foot putt for bogey on the 18th to force a playoff, while Stanford waited near the green signing autographs for dozens of young spectators.

"It's disappointing to finish like that", the 26-year-old Olson said after a round consisting of two birdies, three bogeys and the double-bogey. "I committed to every shot and did everything I could". She was able to celebrate in full after Olson's miscue, giving her her first major title in her 436th start and 76th major of her LGPA career. Sometimes things just catch you off guard.

Ko had five birdies and a bogey on the par-5 7th to charge to a final round bettered only by American Lizette Salas' six-under 65 to complete an outstanding finish with a pair of 67s over the weekend.

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Seven-time LPGA Tour victor Kim Sei-young of South Korea is the nearest challenger lies at 12 under after a spotless 64, while American Mo Martin a further two shots back in third spot on 10-under.

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.

Stanford followed an eagle at the 15th with a double-bogey at the next, with her hopes seemingly ended when she was unable to birdie the par-four last. "That's me. I've never given up".

Meanwhile, in her 18th year on tour, after a wild and tearful final few holes, Stanford became a major tournament champion early Monday (NZT).

"I know me very well and I did a bunch of stupid stuff", said Stanford, "but deep down I'm a fighter, I'm a grinder, and I've always been that".

Ernst made three birdies during a bogey-free round, Martin had three birdies and two bogeys and Kim carded three birdies, two bogeys and one double-bogey. American Jessica Korda (68) and South Korea's Inbee Park (71) were another shot back.


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