Sweden's Anna Nordqvist overcame glandular fever and awful weather to claim her second major title with a play-off win over American Brittany Altomare at the Evian Championship on Sunday.
Nordqvist, the 2009 Women's PGA Championship victor, shot a five-under 66 to charge from tied 11th to a share of the lead at the conclusion of the third round in Evian-les-Bains, where the LPGA Tour event was reduced by 18 holes due to bad weather earlier this week.
Anna Nordqvist of Sweden won the Evian Championship on the first hole of a dark and rainy playoff with American Brittany Altomare on Sunday after each posted the best rounds of the day. Kim ended two strokes out of the playoff between Brittany Altomare and Anna Nordqvist.
At that point, Ko was at six-under, four shots back of leader Moriya Jutanugarn, but she slowly gained back that ground.
With bad weather having wiped out the opening day, the Championship has been reduced to 54 holes. She had previously finished second in the 2010 Women's British Open.
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.
Jutanugarn had chances to match her 65 from Friday's first round though let birdie chances slip after consistently accurate approach shots.
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"I was obviously hoping that it was going to be short, but it definitely has been a little bit of a process, longer than expected", Nordqvist said of her recovery.
"When I see all my friends behind the 18th green it nearly makes me cry, so I tried not to watch them", said the 32-year-old Miyazato.
Ko's chances of ending her barren run this season took a hit when she bogeyed the first, but the former world No 1 replied with three straight birdies from the third and added another at the eighth.
The 23-year-old blotted her card again at the second, but she responded with further birdies and the third and sixth although she was unable to take advantage of the remaining two par-fives as she set the early clubhouse target at nine under par.
"I just felt like I wanted to go out there today and focus on what I could do", Nordqvist said, LPGA.com reported. She could well have joined the playoff if not for the double bogey at the par-four 10th.
Su Oh completed a good tournament with a final round of 70 to finish in a share of 14th Minjee Lee was 32nd and Sarah Jane Smith 48th.