Anna Nordqvist celebrates on the 18th green after making a par putt to win the Women’s British Open on Sunday in Carnoustie, Scotland. Scott Heppell/Associated Press

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Anna Nordqvist kept her ball out of trouble to make a routine par on the final hole and win the Women’s British Open for a third major title.

For playing partner Nanna Koerstz Madsen, her 72nd hole of the tournament could hardly have been more traumatic.

The Scandinavians were tied for the lead at 12-under par as they made their way down the famous No. 18 at Carnoustie, with even their tee shots unable to really separate them.

After Nordqvist landed her approach from the middle of the fairway safely on the green and 25 feet from the pin, Koerstz Madsen turned away in disgust as she pushed her shot from the light rough on the left into a horseshoe-shaped greenside bunker on the right.

Facing a plugged ball and a downhill lie at the back of the bunker, Koerstz Madsen shanked a shot that flew sideways and almost out of bounds at the back of the green.

The Danish player’s chip from straggly rough fell short and left of the cup, leaving Nordqvist with two putts for the title. The second was a tap-in from a couple of inches, securing a one-shot victory on what proved to be a shootout in perfect conditions over the storied Scottish links.

“The only thing I could really control was myself,” said Nordqvist, who closed with a 3-under 69. “It was going to be my time.”

Lizette Salas (69), 2018 champion Georgia Hall (67) and Madelene Sagstrom (68) tied for second place. Koerstz Madsen (71) finished with a double bogey and dropped into a tie for fifth with Minjee Lee (66).

By adding the Women’s Open to her victories at the 2009 LPGA Championship and the 2017 Evian Championship, Nordqvist became just the third European woman – after Annika Sorenstam and Laura Davies – to win three or more majors. She received a check of $870,000 from the $5.8 million purse, the largest in women’s golf.

The last 13 LPGA majors have been won by 13 different players.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Johannes Veerman closed with a 4-under 68 to win the Czech Masters in Vysoky Ujezd, Czech Republic for his maiden European Tour title.

The American finished two strokes ahead of Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and another American, Sean Crocker, with a 15-under total of 273 at Albatross Golf Resort near Prague.

Veerman’s previous best finish was third at the Irish Open earlier this season.

PGA: Liberty National avoided the brunt of the wind from Hurricane Henri, but not the rain that forced the postponement of the final round of The Northern Trust in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Jon Rahm and Cameron Smith finished the third round Saturday tied for the lead at 16-under 197, one shot ahead of Erik van Rooyen.

The PGA Tour decided before the third round even began that Henri posed too much danger for players, spectators and volunteers to be at Liberty National on Sunday, choosing to postpone the final round until Monday. Officials came to the course along the Hudson River and found it to be in reasonable shape.

“Really good for 5 inches of rain,” said John Mutch, the PGA Tour rules official overseeing the event. “They were working on the bunkers when I was there. There’s not a whole lot of standing water. I was pleased. I’ve seen a lot worse.”

A steady rain kept falling into early Sunday afternoon. Mutch planned to check on it later in the day and decide then, along with an updated forecast, when the players would begin the final round. Some pop-up storms are possible late Monday afternoon.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Rod Pampling won the Boeing Classic for his first PGA Tour Champions victory when Jim Furyk and Woody Austin failed to get up-and-down for birdie from greenside bunkers on the par-5 18th in Snoqualmie, Washington.

Pampling, playing five groups ahead of Furyk and Austin, shot a 6-under 66 to finish at 12-under 204.

Furyk, who dropped a stroke back with a bogey on the par-3 17th, shot a 70 to tie for second with Tim Herron (67) and Billy Mayfair (69). Austin (72) bogeyed the final hole and tied for fifth with Alex Cejka (66).


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