Anna Nordqvist broke through with a third LPGA Tour victory of the season on Saturday. The Swede captured the season-ending season-ending Saudi Ladies International at the EurAsia Cup. Nordqvist made birdies on three of her final four holes to defeat Kang Sung-Hee of South Korea, winning the $200,000 trophy by two strokes.
Nordqvist was the only player to break par on the final day of the tournament. Her best finish on the LPGA Tour this season was a tie for seventh in April at the ANA Inspiration. The win gives her a whopping $835,000 in winnings — more than she would have made in her previous two full seasons.
Nordqvist’s win puts an exclamation point on a remarkable year. After a career-worst 2015 campaign that saw her miss the cut in 18 of 29 events, Nordqvist has taken up where she left off last year. She’s won three times, has finished in the top 10 in 18 of her 25 starts, and set a tour record by winning a major championship with her victory at this year’s Women’s British Open. Nordqvist has now earned $3.9 million in 2017, which places her 22nd on the LPGA’s all-time money list.
The 28-year-old won’t have much time to enjoy her triumph, however. After Sunday’s final round, Nordqvist will have to move on to Japan’s Bank of Hope Open, where she is set to face tournament favorite So Yeon Ryu.