Closing with a 7-under 64 and finishing at 17-under 196 on a windy Sunday, Swedish professional golfer Anna Nordqvist successfully defended her ShopRite LPGA Classic title. The final round of the tournament took place on June 5, 2016, at The Bay Course in Galloway Township, New Jersey.
Nordqvist tied the tournament record that Swedish-American golfer Annika Sörenstam set in 1998 and repeated in 2005. Currently ranked No. 19 in the Rolex Rankings, she secured her sixth career win and became the first player to successfully defend an LPGA title since Inbee Park won the KPMG Women’s PGA championship in 2015, the Korean golfer’s third consecutive victory since 2013.
Nordqvist also became the first player to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic back-to-back in the tournament’s entire 28-year history. She told reporters that she feels very special to join the other women who have won on the course, especially because there are so many talented players these days.
“I’m very proud of myself for sitting here again,” she said. “Just any time you can win on tour, it’s a special moment. It’s just getting tougher. The competition is getting really tough out there.”
The Swedish champion praised the caliber of the competition, noting that though many of the players are young, the performance they deliver is truly remarkable.
“There’s just so many good players these days, and at their age of 18 and 19, I wasn’t even close to being as good as they were,” noted Nordqvist, who is turning 29 this year. “I came out on tour in 2009. I was 21, and I can’t believe it’s already my eighth year on tour. I guess I do have a little bit of experience on those girls and hopefully I can use it to my advantage,” she added.
All of the previous 14 winners of the 2016 LPGA events were 24 years old or younger, with New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko being the youngest at 18.
Japanese player Haru Nomura came in second at this year’s ShopRite LPGA Classic after she finished one stroke behind Nordqvist. The highest-ranked Japanese player in the world had a chance for eagle to tie Nordqvist, but the ball swerved to the left of the hole. She closed with a 66 and finished with a 197.