Linn Grant makes history as first female DP World Tour winner

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The Swedish golfer notched an impressive nine-stroke victory at the Scandinavian mixed event after posting a final round eight under 64 at Halmstad Golf Club.

Grant, who turned pro last year, finished 24 under par, clear of compatriots Henrik Stenson and Scotsman Marc Warren, and 14 shots behind next woman Gabriella Cowley.

When asked if competition and success against her male counterparts was a motivation for her, Grant replied, “Of course it was the most important thing!”

“It’s a nice feeling and all week I just felt it was the girls against the guys and whoever took the trophy represented that side of the pitch,” she told Sky Sports.

The mixed Scandinavian event is hosted by Swedish greats Stenson and Annika Sorenstam.

It has been part of the Men’s European Tour, which was renamed DP World Tour, since 1991 but was co-sanctioned with the Women’s European Tour in 2020.

Now both men and women participate in the event. Although they play on different tees, a winner is crowned, with Jonathan Caldwell winning the first edition last year.

Grant tees off on the 13th hole on the final day of the Scandinavian Mixed.
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In 2022, 78 men and 78 women took part, and it was Grant, 22, who made history at the end of four long days of play.

Playing with her boyfriend, Pontus, as a caddy, Grint – who entered as the women’s world No. 156 – had 26 birdies and an eagle to claim an admirable victory.

“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,” Grant told Sky Sports afterwards.

“I didn’t see it (the lead) until the 13th green, where the screen was, and it was a bit (of a shock). I was thinking 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.”

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