Anna Nordqvist Fires 68, Wins Bank Of Hope Founders Cup

Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist fired a final-round 4-under 68 to capture the Bank of Hope Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona.

Nordqvist was two-up entering Sunday’s final round, and never relinquished the lead, carding 5 birdies along the way. A meaningless bogey on the 18th, with the title already in the bag, was the only blemish on her scorecard.

 
For the four days – highlighted by a 61 on Friday, Nordqvist dropped 26 birdies and one eagle against just three bogeys – to finish the tournament at 25-under-par.

The trio of In Gee Chun, Stacy Lewis and Ariya Jutanugarn all finished tied for the second spot at 23-under-par.

It was the 29-year-old Nordqvist’s first win of the 2017 LPGA Tour season, and seventh win of her career. The Arizona State alum called the win “special” as it came at “home” in front of her adopted Phoenix, Arizona “family.”

 
“Yeah, I mean, of all the wins probably of the ones that’s going to be more special. Like if it wouldn’t be for me getting an opportunity to come to Arizona State University about ten years ago, I wouldn’t be here today,” said Nordqvist. “This truly still feels like home, even though I’m based in Florida. I have so many friends and family here. They feel like family, my U.S. family.”

With the victory, Nordqvist earned a check for $225,000 and moved up 34 spots, into 3rd place, in the Race To CME Globe Season.

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Final Leaderboard

POSPLAYERTO PAR
1Anna Nordqvist-25
2In Gee Chun-23
2Stacy Lewis-23
2Ariya Jutanugarn-23
5Ha-Na Jang-21
5Inbee Park-21
5So Yeon Ryu-21
8Moriya Jutanugarn-20
8Lydia Ko-20
10Jessica Korda-19
10Lizette Salas-19
10Caroline Masson-19
13Brooke Henderson-18
13Sun Young Yoo-18
13Sandra Gal-18
13Mirim Lee-18
13Sung Hyun Park-18
13Karine Icher-18
19Ayako Uehara-17
19Sarah Jane Smith-17
19Jeong Eun Lee-17
19Nelly Korda-17
19Angel Yin-17
24Juli Inkster-16
24Brittany Lang-16
24Mi Jung Hur-16
24Pornanong Phatlum-16
24Alison Lee-16
24Brittany Lincicome-16
24Jacqui Concolino-16
31In-Kyung Kim-15
31Marina Alex-15
31Hyo Joo Kim-15
31Beth Allen-15
35Wichanee Meechai-14
35Jane Park-14
35Brittany Altomare-14
35Sei Young Kim-14
35Michelle Wie-14
35Vicky Hurst-14
41Mi Hyang Lee-13
41Ryann O'Toole-13
41Katie Burnett-13
41Chella Choi-13
41Katherine Kirk-13
46Eun-Hee Ji-12
46Dana Finkelstein-12
46Lee-Anne Pace-12
46Candie Kung-12
50Sandra Changkija-11
50Joanna Klatten-11
50Mika Miyazato-11
50Xi Yu Lin-11
50Lee Lopez-11
50Karrie Webb-11
56Angela Stanford-10
56S. Santhiwiwatthanaphon-10
56Jenny Shin-10
56Jodi Ewart Shadoff-10
60Sakura Yokomine-9
60Caroline Hedwall-9
60Jennifer Song-9
60Gerina Piller-9
64Haru Nomura-8
64Min Seo Kwak-8
64Amy Yang-8
67Cydney Clanton-7
67Ally McDonald-7
67Jing Yan-7
67Amy Anderson-7
67Ashleigh Buhai-7
72Giulia Molinaro-6
72Azahara Munoz-6
74Kaylin YostE

Sources/Credits: LPGA Tour, Getty Images


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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