Annabel Croft’s comments about the state of the ladies professional tour may have been on the mark on Sunday as world No18 Anna Nordqvist shot a seven-under-par 65 at the recent Saudi Ladies International to win her first tournament on the LPGA tour.
The latest victory, against Lydia Ko, is Nordqvist’s third on the LPGA Tour and also her first since she won last year’s Blue Bay LPGA. She finished in a tie for first with the rest of the field after the top 24 were bunched at four under, but because she did not breach par on the tricky front nine, she finished top of the leaderboard.
Croft, the 1987 British Open champion, called for bold governance changes in the LPGA Tour this week after stating that the “state of women golf” in the game was at the lowest it had been since she began playing in the early 1980s. The tour’s $7.5m three-event season began at the weekend with the Saudi Ladies International, where Nordqvist shot a 64 to finish second behind Ko, the defending champion.
Nordqvist said: “It’s really cool that the other women are standing up for women golf and supporting women’s golf, but the women themselves are putting in the time to be better and it shows. So hopefully that continues.”
She is currently top of the Race to CME Globe rankings, which give bonus points for the past three seasons.
With world No1 and South Korean Ko and world No2 Sung Hyun Park skipping this week’s Women’s British Open, it could be a chance for Nordqvist to rise to the top.