Name:Anna Maria Nordqvist
Born:June 10, 1987 in Eskilstuna, Södermanland County, Sweden.
MAJORS (3): US LPGA Ch'ship (2009); Evian Ch'ship (2017); Women's British Open (2021). British Ladies Amateur champion (2008). Solheim Cup player (2009, '11, '13, '15, '17, '19, '21). Multiple wins on the European and LPGA Tours. Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year (2009).
Nordqvist attended college at Arizona State University, and now resides in Orlando, Florida. She was runner-up in the British Ladies Amateur Championship in 2006 and 2007. Her perseverance eventually paid off, winning the event at the third attempt in 2008.
Nordqvist's first professional win came in only her fifth professional start, which also happended to be a major championship, the 2009 LPGA Championship. Eight years later she bagged a second major title, winning the Evian Championship in a playoff.
Nordqvist was the Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year in 2009, and also runner-up to Jiyai Shin for the LPGA Rookie of the Year award in the same year.
Big Green Egg
Played as the Big Green Egg Open (July 14-17). Second-placed Sarah Schober (Aut) finished 1 shot behind Anna Nordqvist (Swe). Outside of her major championship wins (two of which came in Europe), this was Nordqvist's first official money-list win on the Ladies European Tour. [Rosendaelsche GC, Arnhem, Netherlands].
The AIG Women's Open (45th) (Aug 19-22). Second-placed Georgia Hall (Eng), Madelene Sagstrom (Swe) and Lizette Salas (USA) finished 1 shot behind Anna Nordqvist (Swe), who recorded her third major championship win. [Championship Course, Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus].
The Evian Championship (24th) (Sept 15-17). Nordqvist (Swe) beat Brittany Altomore (USA) with a bogey at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th). Reduced to three rounds after the first round became a wash-out and was controversially cancelled, that day. The scores of players who had started their first round were also cancelled. [Evian Resort GC, Evian-les-Bains, France].
Bank of Hope
Played as the Bank of Hope Founders Cup (March 16-19). Second-placed In-gee Chun (S Kor), Ariya Jutanugarn (Thai) and Stacy Lewis (USA) finished 2 shots behind Anna Nordqvist (Swe). [Wildfire GC, Phoenix, AZ; composite of back-nines of Palmer & Faldo courses].
Nordqvist (Swe) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the Ladies European Tour. Azahara Munoz (Esp) was second with 68.84; In-kyung "IK" Kim (S Kor) was third with 69.27.
Played as the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer (June 3-5). Second-placed Haru Nomura (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Anna Nordqvist (Swe). [Bay course, Seaview Resort, Galloway, nr Atlantic City, NJ].
Played as the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer (May 29-31). Second-placed Christel Boeljon (Neth) finished 1 shot behind Anna Nordqvist (Swe), who recorded her fifth LPGA Tour win. [Bay course, Seaview Resort, Galloway, nr Atlantic City, NJ].
Played as the Kia Classic (May 27-30). Second-placed Lizette Salas (USA) finished 1 shot behind Anna Nordqvist (Swe), who claimed her fourth LPGA Tour win. [Aviara GC, Carlsbad, CA].
Played as the Honda LPGA Thailand (Feb 20-23; LPGA Tour event). Second-placed and defending champion Inbee Park (S Kor) finished 2 shots behind Anna Nordqvist (Swe), who recorded her third LPGA Tour win. [Old course, Siam CC, Pattaya].
Played as the European Nations Cup (April 14-17; two rounds of better-ball and two of a greensome Chapman variation). Second-placed Germany (Anja Monke & Caroline Masson) and England (Laura Davies & Melissa Reid) finished 3 shots behind defending champions Sweden (Anna Nordqvist & Sophie Gustafson). [La Sella Resort, Jesus Pobre, Denia, Spain].
Played as the Communitat Valenciana European Nations Cup (April 22-25; two rounds of better-ball and two of a greensome Chapman variation). Sweden (Anna Nordqvist & Sophie Gustafson) beat Australia (Karrie Webb & Karen Lunn) at the third playoff hole. [La Sella Resort, Jesus Pobre, Denia, Spain].
Played as the inaugural (and only) Mojo 6 Tournament (Aril 15/16; unofficial 16-player LPGA Tour event). Nordqvist (Swe) beat Amanda Blumenhurst (USA) by 1 hole in the final. [Cinnamon Hill GC, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica].
Played as the inaugural LPGA Tour Championship presented by Rolex (Nov 19-23; replaced the ADT Championship as the Tour's season-ending event). Second-placed Lorena Ochoa (Mex) finished 2 shots behind Anna Nordqvist (Swe), who recorded her second LPGA Tour win. Reduced to 54-holes and final round delayed by a day due to bad weather. [Houstonian G&CC, Richmond, Texas].
The McDonald's LPGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola (55th) (June 11-14). Second-placed Lindsey Wright (Aus) finished 4 shots behind LPGA Tour rookie Nordqvist (Swe). This was Nordqvist's debut LPGA Championship, first LPGA Tour win and first major championship title. [Bulle Rock GC, Havre De Grace, Maryland].
Ryder Cup Wales
Nordqvist (Swe) won the LET 2009 Ryder Cup Wales Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. She finished 13th on the Tour's (money-based) Order of Merit, with earnings of €100,966.
The Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship (105th). After losing in the final in 2006 and 2007, Nordqvist (Swe) made it third time lucky, winning 3 and 2 in the final against fellow Swede, Caroline Hedwall. [North Berwick GC, North Berwick, East Lothian].
Played as the Girls' British Open Amateur Championship. Nordqvist (Swe) beat Azahara Muñoz (Esp) 2 and 1 in the final match. [West Hill GC, Brookwood, nr Woking, Surrey].
Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).
Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).
Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.
Barry Lane: the golfing world was also saddened by the passing of Barry Lane, one of the European Tour and European Senior Tours most popular players. Enjoying success on both Tours, Lane was know for his excellent ball-striking and amiable personality.
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