Sweden’s Linn Grant made historical past on Sunday when she turned the primary feminine winner of a European males’s tour occasion with a nine-shot triumph on the Scandinavian Blended.
The event, that includes males from the DP World Tour circuit and ladies from the Women European Tour (LET) all enjoying the identical course, noticed the 22-year-old Swede declare her third title in simply six begins this season.
“I simply hope that folks recognise girls’s golf, extra sponsors go to the LET and hopefully this pumps up the ladies’s sport a little bit bit extra,” she mentioned.
Grant didn’t put a foot incorrect at Halmstad Golf Membership, stretching her in a single day lead from two photographs to seven with 5 birdies within the first six holes.
She saved her card clear with three successive pars regardless of pouring rain earlier than making one other birdie on the tenth.
Grant picked up additional photographs on the eleventh and 14th to get to 24 underneath par and win by the largest margin on the DP World Tour – the rebranded European Tour – thus far this season.
“It is large. Simply enjoying at house and having the crowds right here, my household by my aspect, boyfriend on the bag – it is loopy and I am happy with myself,” Grant informed europeantour.com.
“Pontus (Grant’s caddie and boyfriend) has been wonderful, maintaining me calm and doing every part proper. The crowds are, like at all times, wonderful. Swedish crowds!”
When requested if she notably wished to beat the lads this week, Grant mentioned: “For certain – crucial factor!
“It is a good feeling. All week I simply felt prefer it’s the ladies in opposition to the blokes and whoever picks up that trophy represents the sphere.”
Henrik Stenson, the 2016 British Open champion, completed in a tie for second on 15 underneath alongside Marc Warren.
Match co-host Annika Sorenstam hailed Grant, who was born in Helsingsborg the place her grandfather settled after leaving Scotland.
“What a efficiency. I am so excited and so glad for Linn,” 10-time girls’s main champion Sorenstam informed Sky Sports activities.
“She has performed very effectively, operating away from the sphere, nevertheless it has been good to see her play actually stable golf. This golf course is just not as she has made it appear.
“This reveals that we will play in opposition to one another in a good competitors. I hope we will use this and other people see the standard of ladies’s golf – Linn could not show it every other means.”