Mixed Scandinavian: Linn Grant becomes the first woman to win on the DP World Tour after a dominant victory | Golf News
Linn Grant finished the week 24 under and nine ahead of Henrik Stenson and Marc Warren at Scandinavian Mixed; the Swede’s historic victory on the DP World Tour is her sixth world victory since turning professional last summer
By Ali Stafford
Last update: 06/12/22 6:25 p.m.
Highlights from day four of the Mixed Scandinavian Open where Linn Grant made history by becoming the first woman to win on the DP World Tour
Linn Grant became the first female winner in DP World Tour history after claiming a dominating nine-stroke win at Scandinavian Mixed in Sweden.
The 22-year-old, already a two-time Ladies European Tour winner this season, picked up the biggest win of her career at an event where 78 women and 78 men from the DP World Tour play on the same course for a prize. funds.
Grant took a two-shot lead on the final day at Halmstad Golf Club and never relinquished control on a special Sunday, hitting five of his first six holes on his way to a brilliant bogey-free 64 at home .
Linn Grant celebrated historic success at Scandinavian Mixed
The Swede finished the week under 24, nine ahead of Scotsman Marc Warren and tournament co-host Henrik Stenson, with a total of 14 shots from Grant better than closest female challenger Gabriella Cowley.
Playing alongside Jason Scrivener, Grant – who only turned pro last summer – got off to a dream start with back-to-back birdies and extended the advantage overnight by firing a brilliant tee shot to put set up a short-range gain in the fourth.
Grant went up and down just before the green to take advantage of the fifth par five and added another birdie to the next to go five under after just six holes, before negotiating the next three holes without a problem to reach the 31 turn.
A six-foot birdie on the 10th and a two-putt gain on the par-five 11th took Grant further away from the chasing pack, with another two-putt birdie on the par-five 14th taking him nine clear with four to play.
Grant was unable to take advantage of birdie opportunities on the 15th and 17th, with a par two-putt on the last earning a career-changing hit and tying the lowest round of the week.
“I have not seen it [the lead] to the 13th green, where the screen was, and it was a bit [of a shock]”, admitted Grant. “I thought maybe three or four ahead, but when I saw eight, I was like I could take a breather and go on and do my thing.
Sweden’s Linn Grant makes history with win in Scandinavian Mixed and says she hopes her achievement will help raise the profile of women’s golf
“I just hope people will recognize women’s golf more, that sponsors will go to the Ladies European Tour and hopefully that will energize the women’s game a bit more.”
When asked how much of a motivator the thought of beating the men was, Grant added: “Of course that was the most important thing! It’s a nice feeling and all week I’m I just felt it was girls versus guys and whoever.” picked up the trophy represented that side of the pitch.”
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Warren charged the field on the final day with a bogey-free 65, with Stenson joining him on 15 under after a birdie on the final hole. Scrivener tied for fourth with Spaniard Santiago Tarrio and Dutchman Darius van Driel, about 10 strokes behind Grant.
Sorenstam: Grant’s victory shows the quality of the women’s game
Grant only turned pro last summer but already has three LET titles to her name and six in the world, with tournament co-host Annika Sorenstam backing her compatriot for more success in the future.
“What a performance!” said Sorenstam. “I’m so excited and so happy for Linn. She played really well, running away from the field, but it was nice to see her and play really solid golf. This golf course is not like she has. make believe !
Annika Sorenstam hails Linn Grant’s performance after she made history with Scandinavia Mixed win on DP World Tour
“It shows that we can play against each other in fair competition and hopefully we can use that and people see the quality of women’s golf – Linn couldn’t prove it any other way.
“Coming to Sweden and having this tournament and having a Swedish winner at home doesn’t get much better than that! We’re all about entertainment, having fun and offering something special and I think Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed definitely did it.”
On whether Grant could become a new star in women’s football, Sorenstam added: “I hope so. I got to know Linn a bit, she played some of the Annika Foundation events, but she has really blossomed over the last year and a half or so.
“I played with her the first two days and she was very impressive. She hit high, long and didn’t really make many mistakes. To be that aggressive on the greens you need a bit of experience . I know she won recently, but she’s pretty new to the winner’s circle.”
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