Anna Nordqvist defeats Brittany Altomare on first playoff hole in Evian Championship

Sung Hyun Park took a two-shot first round lead in controversial circumstances at the Evian Championship

Nordqvist took the fifth and final major of the season by sinking a 4-foot putt for a bogey 5 on the soaked 18th hole while the 102nd-ranked Altomare had a six.

Park took advantage of the ultimate Evian mulligan when LPGA officials made a decision to wipe away first-round scores after a weather suspension of nearly 4 1/2 hours at the course overlooking Lake Geneva.

The event was reduced to 54 holes after Thursday's opening round was abandoned because of high winds and heavy rain. Last year, the Swede lost out on the U.S. Women's Open title after being given a controversial penalty in a playoff.

In her final round as a professional before retiring, two-time Evian victor Ai Miyazato shot 73 to finish 1 over.

"I played my heart out and I tried my best and that's all I can do", Ko said.

English teenager Georgia Hall is a further stroke adrift after a battling 69, but her Solheim Cup team-mate Anna Nordqvist slipped to four under after a disappointing one-over 72.

A nine-time victor on the LPGA tour, the Japanese star never claimed a major title.

In comparison, Jutanugarn and Ko could only manage third-round scores of one-over and two-under, respectively, and were unable to withstand the pressure as they just missed out on playoff berths. "I just keep trying".

Par fives were proving to be a problem for Ko's comparatively short driving game off the tee, and a bogey on the 13th - also a par five - looked to have ended her chances of contention.

The 23-year-old added: "It was good for me playing in the last group in a major at Kingsbarns". But inconsistent plays cost both a chance at picking up another major trophy.

It was at the par three, 16 where Nordqvist was able to break free of the pack and take the outright lead at 10-under par, but a bogey at the last dropped her back and she was left waiting and watching in the clubhouse to see what the outcome would be.

Nordqvist, who was sidelined for much of July and August with a bout of mononucleosis, is finally feeling mostly healthy.

"I was very happy for her".

"The last couple months have been tough", she said.

"At these major events, the keys are the fairways and greens this week", said Moriya, who is still looking for her first LPGA victory.

"I probably don't feel that bad playing on the golf course rather than watching my sister play", said Moriya Jutanugarn, who recalled feeling "nervous, excited" a year ago when finishing her round to watch Ariya win at Woburn, England.

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