In Sweden, Sunday was Mother’s Day, which made the victory by Anna Nordqvist at the ShopRite LPGA Classic that much better. Her mother was visiting and was able to see her daughter birdie the Nos. 16 and 17, to break from a group of players to win the tournament in Galloway Township, New Jersey.
The 27-year old, her 28th birthday is next week, won by one stroke after finishing 8-under for the tournament played at Stockton Seaview’s Bay Course, with her 2-under total for the day.
Nordqvist, a former Arizona State Sun Devil (it’s been quite the week for the ASU Devils), has now won five LPGA Tour events in her career. She won twice in 2009 and another two times last year in 2014. None of her victories however were any sweeter than the one on Sunday, with her mother Maria watching from the gallery.
Nordqvist said it was the first time she has won a tour event with one of her family members in the gallery watching. It made the win that much more significant for her.
In Sweden, Sunday was Mother’s Day. Nordqvist said there was no better present she could give her mom than to spend the day with her. But to win? Talk about some icing on the cake.
Starting the day, Nordqvist was a stroke back of overnight leader Morgan Pressel. The Swede made her move over the final three holes, a stretch where in the first two days of the tournament she was 5-under. She birdied the 16th, a par-4, with a putt of 12 feet to break clear of Christel Boeljon, moving to 8-under. On the 17th, a par-3, Nordqvist stuck her tee shot to within 8-feet of the pin and sank that putt for a birdie to extend her lead to two.
Boeljon was one hole ahead of Nordqvist and missed a birdie putt of 18 inches on the 18th, which helped as Nordqvist bogeyed her finishing hole. The short putt was one hopefully Boeljon is able to put behind her at some point, even though it may be difficult.
Nordqvist had five birdies to go with three bogeys playing in a steady wind all afternoon.
Some of Nordqvist’s fellow players sprayed her with bottles of champagne after she putted out on 18, an act becoming tradition on the ladies side.
After the champagne, Anna looked for her mother.
Boeljon, a Purdue Boilermaker golfer, finished in second– her best finish as a pro. Pressel lost her one shot lead after a bogey followed by a double bogey on her front nine. She was tied in third, three strokes back at 5-under, a great finish for the young American.
The ladies next play in Canada at the Manulife LPGA Classic.