Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rookie Torres among quartet in lead at Evian

Rookie Torres among quartet in lead at Evian

It has taken 18 years on the LPGA Tour and 77 starts in majors but Angela Stanford finally landed her first major, claiming victory by one shot at The Evian Championship.

Maria Torres, Puerto Rico's first LPGA professional, double bogeyed the 12th and dropped shots at the final two holes to slip into a share of 11th, seven strokes adrift, while Mi Hyang Lee is a shot further back after opening with a double bogey and racking up five further dropped shots in a mixed 73.

Out in a blistering 5-under, the Queenslander could manage no better than even par on the inward journey as she posted one birdie and one bogey to sign for a 66.

"I didn't know at the time how close I was", she reflected of that playoff loss 15 years ago.

The Kiwi had her game in solid shape for the concluding round, hitting 11 of her 13 fairways, 15 of 18 greens in regulation and taking just 29 putts.

In an enthralling finish, the 40-year-old Texan became the first American victor of a major this season successfully holding off a magnificent charge by her compatriots as six finished in the top eight.

She got too aggressive on the first putt and the ensuing three-putt dropped Olson into a four-way tie for second with Austin Ernst, Martin and Kim.

"It's disappointing to finish like that", the 26-year-old Olson said after a round consisting of two birdies, three bogeys and the double-bogey.

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Though unlikely, she will not start Sunday's final round without hope and if she can replicate Saturday's start will give the leaders something to think about.

"Glad she got to see it", said a grateful Stanford.

The 22-year-old from Dorset said on Sky Sports: "It was a bit up and down".

"I really enjoyed that [the nerves], that means I care, right?"

Olson committed to not looking at leaderboards throughout the day, and it wasn't until she was sizing up her options from the rough on the 18 that she asked brother Nathan, her caddie, where she stood. The victor two weeks ago in Canada, McCarron dropped four strokes on the final two holes on the front nine, making a bogey on the par-3 eighth and a triple bogey on the par-4 ninth.

Mark O'Meara had a 64 to join Tom Byrum (66), Paul Broadhurst (68) and Esteban Toledo (69) at 9 under.

Lehman shot his second straight 67, and Maggert had a 68 to match McCarron at 10-under 135. - Sangmoon Bae won the Albertsons Boise Open to regain his PGA Tour card, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory in the Tour Finals event.

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