Angela Stanford wins at Evian for 1st career major title

Lydia Ko has finished strongly with a pair of 67s to surge to a top-10 finish at the Evian Championship

Lydia Ko has finished strongly with a pair of 67s to surge to a top-10 finish at the Evian Championship

The 40-year-old won the Evian Championship by a shot on Sunday after long-time leader Amy Olson double-bogeyed the final hole. Among those in a four-way tie for second was Amy Olson, who led by three with five to play and teed off at the 18th with a one-shot lead, but a double-bogey handed victory to Stanford, who won almost £514,000 after her final-round 68 for a 12-under-par total of 272.

Olson carded a 74 to fall into a four-way tie for second place with fellow Americans Austin Ernst (68) and Mo Martin (70), and Sei Young Kim (72).

Canada's Brooke Henderson finished in a tie for 10th place at 8 under.

"I think I've had some putts every day that have just missed, like a lot of players, but I think I'm in with a good chance tomorrow and four, five shots isn't that much around this golf course", she said. And it is. But Angela Stanford was missing one thing: a major championship win.

"It's disappointing to finish like that", the 26-year-old Olson said after a round consisting of two birdies, three bogeys and the double-bogey.

The leaderboard changed little on the front nine until Olson made bogey at the par-3 8th.

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Olson led by three strokes with five holes to play and still was in position to win when she walked toward the green on 18.

Olson's two-shot lead was soon restored after Kim's double bogey 6 at the 10th.

Stanford moved to 13 under with an eagle at the 15th but then immediately gave those two shots back by taking five at the next. Her third shot from the deep rough reached the green but left plenty of distance from the hole. Soon, Stanford was punching the air with her right fist on sinking a 25-footer for birdie on the 17th.

Olson went to the 17th tee with a one-shot lead on 13 under as Ernst set a clubhouse target of 11 under.

Refusing to check the leaderboard all day, Olson said she only knew on the 18th tee where she stood. Forced to punch out rather than go for the green on the par 4, her second shot came up short of the fairway in more rough. A par putt for victory raced past. Her 2-over total of 286 tied with defending champion Anna Nordqvist.

"I really don't know what has just happened", Stanford said. "I can't wait to be out here full time".

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