Rookie Torres among quartet in lead at Evian

Rookie Torres among quartet in lead at Evian

Angela Stanford earned her first win at a major today in her 18th year on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LGPA) Tour as fellow American Amy Olson blew her chances of securing the Evian Championship title on the final hole.

Seven-time LPGA Tour victor Kim Sei-young of South Korea is the nearest challenger lies at 12 under after a spotless 64, while American Mo Martin a further two shots back in third spot on 10-under.

Stanford finished off the final round with a run of eagle-double bogey-birdie-par, barely missing a birdie putt on the last hole to finish at 12-under 278 and was one shot behind Amy Olson, who shot 65-65 in the middle rounds but was still on the course.

Katherine Kirk was the top Australian player, carding a 69 which featured six birdies and four bogeys, to see her tie for 10th alongside Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson and So Yeon Ryu.

Playing in the second-last group, Stanford started the day five shots back of Olson who had a two-shot lead over Kim.

She becomes the lone golfer from the United States this year to capture a major title, and the first since Danielle Kang's triumph at the Women's PGA Championship in July 2017.

"It's really easy for the wheels to come off here", Stanford said.

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Olson missed a six-foot putt for bogey on the 18th to force a playoff, while Stanford waited near the green signing autographs for dozens of young spectators. "It's forcing me to stay in the present and just hit one shot at a time".

"I'm simply asking all of you to keep her in your prayers and to love those who mean most to you", Stanford wrote in making the announcement this summer in an Instagram post.

"It's something new and it's exciting [to lead]", said the 23-year-old Torres, who is ranked No. 184.

Two more Americans, Stanford and Ernst, joined Kim three behind Olson, who let a good chance slip at the par-5 15th after her short approach chip to the green was weak. She padded her lead to three with a tap-in for birdie at the par-5 13th.

Olson went to the 17th with a one-shot lead on 13 under as Ernst set a clubhouse target of 11 under. A 40-foot par putt for victory raced past.

Bae returned to the PGA Tour this season after two years of mandatory military service in South Korea, but lost his card with a 202nd-place finish in the FedEx Cup standings.

"The big goal is to win a major tournament". Olson said. "It was fun to start solid with a birdie on the first hole, I don't think nerves are a bad thing".