Evian Championship: Moriya Jutanugarn hopes to emulate sister

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez delivers against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday Sept. 15 2017 in Detroit

"I was in a good position (after the first round), so I had wanted to buckle down and improve my score", said Miyazato, who won her first overseas championship here at the Evian Resort before the tournament became a major event on the tour.

Nordqvist beat Altomare with a bogey on the first playoff hole, the par-four 18th, to claim her second career major title.

In driving rain, Nordqvist and Altomare returned to a soaked hole 18 for the playoff, which the Swede closed out with a bogey.

But the 23-year-old drove out of bounds at the 13th and then dropped a shot at the final hole in a level-par round of 72 to finish one behind the leaders.

Ko finished one shot back, with her third placing her best finish in a major in her last six attempts, and marking her eighth finish of third-or-better in a major championship.

Jutanugarn, who had led by one going into the final round, ended one shot behind Nordqvist and Altomare after bogeying the final hole. A recent 3rd place finish at the event in Portland suggested her game was improving but if she had gone on to win it would have been one of the biggest upsets for some time on the LPGA Tour.

"When that happens, I mean, I still do make the occasional double, but it's just not as bad as it used to be". It was there that Nordqvist continued her charge, having already picked up three birdies and an eagle to offset the two bogeys with which she had to start the day. Two holes later, play was stopped.

Sunrise Beach product Katherine Kirk is relishing a startling season on the US LPGA Tour, including an impressive display at a major championship.

There was little to separate the pair during the final round in France today as they each carded five-under-par rounds of 66 to leave them tied at the top of the leaderboard on nine under.

Nordqvist's victory ensured 10 different major winners in the last two seasons.

"I'm looking forward to finishing off the year and maybe get another W. The girls are so good out here; it's just fun to be able to compete again and know I've got the right stuff".

Needing to get up and down, Ko's putter deserted her at the wrong moment, leaving the 20-year-old to complete a two-under 69, and missing out on the playoff.

"I was very happy for her".

Last year, Nordqvist lost a playoff for the U.S. Women's Open after a rules violation on the second extra hole - for touching sand with her club in a fairway bunker - was relayed to her on the next hole.