The Swedish golfer was all smiles when she was crowned champion after a nerve-racking end to competition.
Nordqvist was tied at 12 points with playing partner Nanna Koerstz Madsen entering the 18th hole, but kept her cool to finish with a par, as she watched the Dane suffer a double bogey.
Nordqvist hadn’t won a major tournament in nearly four years, winning his first return to the 2009 LPGA Championship before adding his second to the 2017 Evian Championship.
“I’ve been waiting for this one for a while, haven’t won for a few years,” Nordqvist said after the win.
“There were a lot of downs, a lot of tough times, so I think that makes things a little smoother.”
“I could only dream of winning”
Nordqvist had climbed to the top of the standings before the final day after a clear seven under par 65. Her incredible lap included seven birdies as she finished tied at nine with Koerstz Madsen on Saturday.
The pair then found themselves locked in battle throughout the final day with the outcome decided on the final hole.
As Nordqvist kept her calm, Koerstz Madsen had a nightmare with two mistakes as he approached the green.
This gave Nordqvist two putts to clinch the title and the 34-year-old was right in winning her third major trophy on the second attempt.
The beaming champion, who now wins $ 870,000, was kissed by her husband and she sighed in relief.
“I could only dream of winning the British Open,” she added.
“I was supposed to get married 20 minutes from here, so this place is really special. I have never seen Carnoustie in such great shape.”
Georgia Hall, Madelene Sagstrom and Lizette Salas shared the clubhouse lead before the last hole but finished second, one shot behind the winner. A disappointed Koerstz Madsen tied for third with Minjee Lee.
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