(CNN)Anna Nordqvist held her nervus connected the last spread to triumph this year's Women's Open astatine Carnoustie, Scotland, connected Sunday.
The Swedish golfer was each smiles arsenic she was crowned champion aft a nerve-wracking extremity to competition.
Nordqvist was tied connected 12 nether with playing spouse Nanna Koerstz Madsen coming into the 18th spread but kept her nervus to decorativeness with a par, arsenic she watched the Dane endure a treble bogey.
Nordqvist had not won a large for astir 4 years, winning her archetypal backmost astatine the 2009 LPGA Championship earlier adding her 2nd astatine the 2017 Evian Championship.
"I've been waiting for this 1 for a while, I haven't won successful a mates of years," Nordqvist said aft the win.
"There person been a batch of downs, a batch of hard times truthful I deliberation it makes this a small sweeter."
'I could lone imagination astir winning'
Nordqvist had soared to the apical of the leaderboard going into the last time aft a faultless seven-under-par 65. Her unthinkable circular featured 7 birdies arsenic she finished Saturday tied connected 9 nether with Koerstz Madsen.
The brace past recovered themselves locked successful conflict passim the past day, with the effect being decided connected the last hole.
Whilst Nordqvist kept her calm, Koerstz Madsen suffered a nightmare with 2 mistakes connected her attack to the green.
It gave Nordqvist 2 putts to triumph the rubric and the 34-year-old made nary mistake successful winning her 3rd large trophy connected the 2nd attempt.
The beaming champion, who present wins $870,000, was embraced by her hubby and she fto retired a suspiration of relief.
"I could lone imagination astir winning the British Open," she added.
"I was expected to get joined 20 minutes distant from present truthful this spot is conscionable genuinely special. I've ne'er seen Carnoustie successful this large a shape."
Georgia Hall, Madelene Sagstrom and Lizette Salas shared the clubhouse pb going into the last spread but finished associated second, a changeable down the winner. A disappointed Koerstz Madsen finished tied successful 3rd with Minjee Lee.