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A player wins a European Tour event for the first time.
Linn Grant also made history with incredible style.
The 22-year-old Swede wiped out a field of male and female golfers in the mixed Scandinavian event on Sunday, winning by nine strokes after an 8-under 64 in the final round at Halmstad Golf Club.
Remarkably, she finished 14 strokes ahead of second-best woman Gabriella Cowley, who tied for 15th.
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“I just hope people recognize women’s golf more now,” Grant said, “that more sponsors go to the LET (Ladies European Tour) than the men’s tour, and hopefully that will energize the women’s game.
Grant started the day with a two-shot lead and steadily increased her advantage by birdying five of her first six holes, demonstrating the bright and composed temperament she displayed all week in southern Sweden.
She first took a nine-shot lead after birdieing the par-5 11th hole and reunited with her eighth and final birdie of the round at another par-5, the 14th. She completed a bogey-free weekend for the week of her golfing life.
This is the second edition of a tournament that began with 78 men and 78 women on the course, playing the same course – albeit on different tees – for a prize and a trophy.
Grant said his main goal this week is to beat the men.
“That was the biggest thing – all week I just felt like it was girls versus guys,” she said.
Grant’s grandfather, James, was a Scottish golf professional who emigrated from Inverness in northern Scotland to Helsingborg in Sweden. His father, John, also competed in the Swedish Golf Tour and has seven Swedish Senior Tour victories.
Grant turned pro last year and won Ladies European Tour events in March and May, making her a star in the making. In an on-course interview on the front nine, Grant said having those two wins under her belt calmed her down ahead of the biggest lap of her life.
Her boyfriend, Pontus, was her caddy this week and her mother was on the course and among those cheering Grant on every green on a day of changeable weather.
Swede great Henrik Stenson, who hosted the event with fellow countryman Annika Sorenstam, shot 70 and was tied for second place with Marc Warren (65).
Sorenstam, one of the greatest female golfers of all time, hugged Grant next to the 18th green after the victory was sealed.
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Grant took home 30,000 euros ($31,500) when he won in Belgium last month. She received more than 10 times more than Sunday.