The week in ladies golf: Hedwall punches Evian ticket as Wie’s injury woes continue
Caroline Hedwall fired a stunning final round 62 to come from seven shots behind to capture the Lacoste Open de France and win her sixth Ladies European Tour title.
The Swede plays the majority of her golf on the LPGA Tour, but she made the trip back to Europe and it proved incredibly worthwhile.
Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen held a one-shot lead heading into the final day at the Golf du Medoc Resort, but it was Hedwall who surged through the field with nine birdies and set the clubhouse target at 12-under-par.
Madsen couldn’t match the Swede’s score – falling to third place with three late bogeys to finish at nine-under.
Hedwall’s super Sunday means she bags the final spot in this week’s Evian Championship, the last major of the season and the third biggest prize pool in the women’s game.
Stacy Lee Bregman got the runner-up spot, while Luna Sobron, Sarah Kemp and Lynn Carlsson finished alongside Madsen in a tied for third.
Wie set for more time on sidelines
Michelle Wie won her first LPGA title in almost four years earlier in the season in Singapore at the HSBC World Championship, but the American’s season is quickly unravelling as she announced she would be withdrawing from the Evian Championship because of an ongoing injury.
— Michelle Wie (@themichellewie) September 5, 2018
Wie withdrew halfway through her first round at the British Open last month with a hand injury, which she said she had been battling for a while.
With the UL International Crown quickly approaching, Wie will be desperate to make her return in Korea and help the United States retain the trophy they won two years ago.
Final Round Queen wins again
South Korea’s Jiyai Shin won her 53rd professional title as she claimed the Japan LPGA Championship – a major on the LPGA of Japan Tour.
The former world No. 1 won by a remarkable nine shots to make it back-to-back wins after triumphing a fortnight ago.
Shin plays almost exclusively in Japan now, with her last start outside of the country coming at the beginning of the year in Australia.
The LPGA Tour players have rested up for a week and are now set to battle it out in the year’s final major at the Evian Resort Golf Club in France this week.
Anna Nordqvist will defend the title she won in the sleet last year, but all eyes will be on Georgia Hall who will look to become first ever British woman to win consecutive majors after her British Open triumph last month at Lytham.
Hall was 10th here at Evian on her debut last year, and after she finished runner-up at the Cambia Portland Classic two weeks ago, she’ll enter the week brimming with confidence.