Anna Nordqvist wins Evian Championship after playoff

Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn watches her drive during the second round of the Evian Championship in France on Saturday

Anna Nordqvist overcame a brutal playing environment, impending darkness, mono, Brittany Altomare, and a final-round five-shot deficit to win the weather-shortened Evian Championship on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff at the fifth and final major of the LPGA season.

Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn has been threatening to win her first LPGA Tour title for much of 2017 and tomorrow she has a chance to not only achieve that goal but for that first victory to be a major championship.

The Evian Championship was reduced to 54 holes after wind and rain washed out play on the first day on Thursday.

At that point, Ko was at six-under, four shots back of leader Moriya Jutanugarn, but she slowly gained back that ground. With 65-68 in the two rounds, Moriya was one shot ahead of Japan's Ayako Uehara (68-66).

South Korea had produced champions at three of the first four majors, with Ryu So-yeon winning the ANA Inspiration in April and followed by Park Sung-hyun at the U.S. Women's Open in July and Kim In-kyung at the Ricoh Women's British Open in August.

It is Nordqvist's first major title since the 2009 LPGA Championship.

It capped a bittersweet tournament for the former world No.1, who has endured a testing year but played with aplomb at a tournament she won two years ago. She rolled it in for the win and doubled over with emotion, bent at the waist, her face in her hands.

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Nordqvist fell back on the 18th, getting a bogey-5 after pulling her tee shot into the rough.

In search of a miracle eagle up the testing last hole, the 35-year-old played a stunning long approach inside 2m, then dropped a putt that forced a wry smile when she clearly thought of what might have been.

"The distance was 25 meters, so I was deciding whether I'm going to do chipping or putting, and I think after I made the shot, I was surprised, as well", Park said after her round.

Earlier, Melbourne's So Oh recorded her second-best major championship finish with a closing 72 enough for her to finish T14 at two under. "Just trying to give myself a chance for birdie".

"I probably don't feel that bad playing on the golf course rather than watching my sister play", said Moriya Jutanugarn, who recalled feeling "nervous, excited" past year when finishing her round to watch Ariya win at Woburn, England.

Should Jutanugarn take the trophy, she would become the 34th player in LPGA history to earn her first victory at a major.

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