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Monday, August 23, 2021

Anna Makes It Three

Since Tropical Storm Henri has delayed the Limerick Summary and Twofer Tuesday for another day, let's take a quick look at that awesome AIG Women's Open that wrapped up Sunday, shall we?

Anna Nordqvist with Women's Open trophy

First, let's get the overall 2021 major picture squared away. According to

Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit has won the 2021 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award (RAMA), which recognizes the player who has the most outstanding record in all five major championships during the current LPGA Tour season. Tavatanakit earned the honor thanks to her win at the ANA Inspiration and cemented it with a tie for fifth at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and a tie for seventh at the AIG Women’s Open.
With that said, let's talk Carnoustie.

As you know by now, Anna Nordqvist won her third different major at Carnoustie, getting her three-fifths of the way to a career Grand Slam. But it was hardly an easy win, as the final round started with a huge number of players -- many with majors already -- within three or four shots of the lead. And after the lead shifted around and around and around until we weren't sure who would get it done, Anna and Nanna Koerstz Madsen came to the final hole tied at -12, only to have Nanna slammed with a double-bogey after shanking the ball from a bad lie in a greenside bunker.

Anna two-putted for par, like she was playing a practice round with no pressure.

I'll be honest, I was pulling for Lizette Salas. She's been so close this year, and now she's got two runner-ups in majors -- she was three shots back of Nelly Korda at the KPMG and now one shot back of Anna at the AIG. I'm looking forward to her chances next season.

In the meantime, I'm sure she's looking forward to the coming off-week. After all, she made the US Solheim Cup team as an automatic pick from the Rolex Rankings. She's gonna need some rest!

Just for the record, nine US players and six Euro players made the automatic qualifiers after Carnoustie did its own number on the players. I'll go over the teams here on the blog once the Captains have made their picks for both teams.

Of course, Anna was one of the six automatic picks. No surprise there.

Just another day for a European superstar. Congrats on #3, Anna!

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