Anna Nordqvist stepped up Sunday and secured a two-stroke victory at the $1.5 million Saudi Ladies International by defeating Weena Choi, 2 and 1, at Prince Saud Bin Abdulaziz International Golf Club in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
This weekend was tournament No. 26 on the Ladies European Tour in 2016. Nordqvist also has played on the LPGA Tour in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Nordqvist, who was sixth at the HSBC Women’s Champions in March, began the final round one stroke behind Choi and, for the first time in the tournament, played well.
“My driving was finally starting to hold a lot more of the greens, so that helped me out a lot,” Nordqvist said. “I feel really pleased about that. It was one of the best all-around rounds of my career.”
Nordqvist’s two-shot victory comes on the heels of her runner-up finish at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic in the Bahamas last weekend. The 25-year-old from Sweden is ranked No. 7 in the world and currently holds a top-10 spot on this season’s money list.
Choi, who is ranked No. 6, was seeking her first win since the 2010 Michelob Ultra Open at Sentosa Golf Club, and her first LPGA victory in five years.
“It was a little bit frustrating because I had my chances today but you know, I’m happy for Anna,” said Choi, who is also a five-time LPGA winner. “Anna plays really good and she proved that today. I know that if she had a good front nine, she was in control. I can say that it was her turn.”
The Saudi Ladies Open featured 63 LPGA professionals and 156 amateurs. More than 20 countries participated in the tournament, and teams from 10 nations competed in an Asian/Arabic format. Japan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkey, South Korea, Lebanon, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman are represented on the Asian/Arabic team. The “Amadis,” representing Asia, comprised three Koreans, a Filipino and an Indian.
In addition to Nordqvist and Choi, the Internationals included Suzann Pettersen, Angel Yin, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Sarah Jane Smith, Hee Young Park, Mardan Mamat, Carly Booth, Naomi Colley, Kimberley Anne Smith, Pernilla Lindberg, Alena Sharp, Hayley Westin, Nirada Mohipant, Madelene Sagstrom, Atte Heemskerk, Brooke Henderson, Brooke Pancake, April Marshall, Catriona Matthew, Lydia Ko, Jamie Hullett, Karen O’Leary, Lee Mi-rim, Kris Tamulis, Caroline Masson, Sandra Gal, Lara Hansen, Rikard Karlberg, Juli Inkster, Kaymer Bjarne Clement, Lee-Na Ik, Su Oh, Kim Ha-neul, Kong Kim, Song-Hee Kim, Ji Hee Kim, Alison Lee, Ji Su-hyun, Kim Sei-young, Song-Hee Kim, Choi In-gee, Angela Stanford, Celine Boutier, Moriya Jutanugarn, Sandra Gal, Sei Young Kim, Meena Lee, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Ryu So-yeon, Riske Annacone, Wei Li Yu, Lesley Thomson, Jeong Eun-mi, Mi Mi Kim, Angela Stanford, Jamie Hullett, Hee Young Park, Catriona Matthew, Danielle Kang, Bree An, Jessica Korda, Ji Eun-hee, Te Ao Hye, Lorie Kane, Lee Yung-mi, Seo Kyung-eun, Eun Eun-hee, Lee Mi-hyang, Jin Young Ko, In-Bee Park, Sandra Gal, Joang Gi-kyu, Anisah Mdunsa, Shanshan Feng, Sung Hyun Park, Minjee Lee, Feng Shanshan, Amy Yang, Jeong Hyeok, Hye Jin, Choi Mi-min, Giulia Sergas, Jessica Korda, Ha-Neul Kim, Lexi Thompson, Chella Choi, Jane Park, Emma Sun, Katy Stockton, Ha Na Jang, Ruthie Lee, Ha Young Park, Naomi Kim, Weika Byun, Cho Min-jeong,