Linn Grant - The History Maker
SWEDEN’S Linn Grant wrote herself into the history books with a stunning nine-shot victory at the Scandinavian Mixed to become the first female winner on the DP World Tour.
The 22-year-old was two shots clear of Australia's Jason Scrivener overnight and extended her lead with an eight-under 64 during the final round. That saw Grant finish on 24 under par, well clear of compatriot Henrik Stenson and Scotland's Marc Warren.
The mixed event in Halmstad is hosted by Stenson and Annika Sorenstam.
Grant was born in Helsingborg, where her grandfather James Grant, also a professional golfer, emigrated from Scotland.
"It's huge having the crowds here and my family by my side," she said. "It's crazy.
"I'm just proud of myself and really happy. I just hope people recognise women's golf, with more sponsors, and this pumps up the women's game a little bit more."
The event has featured on the DP World Tour since 1991. It became co-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour in 2020 and rebranded the Scandinavian Mixed, with male and female golfers competing, with Jonathan Caldwell winning the first edition in 2021.
Grant said: "It's a nice feeling to beat the guys. The whole weekend it just felt like it was the girls against the guys and whoever picks up that trophy represents the field."
Of her boyfriend Pontus Samuelsson, a fellow golfer who caddied for her, Grant added: "He's been amazing, keeping me calm and doing everything right."
Sorenstam, a 10-time women's major winner, said: "What a performance. I'm so happy for Linn, running away from the field. This shows that we can play against each other in a fair competition. I hope people see the quality of women's golf."
WHO IS LINN GRANT?
Grant turned professional late last year and came into the tournament ranked as the women's world 156. During the week she recorded 26 birdies and an eagle. In an incredible debut season she has now won three times on the Ladies European Tour and a further three times on the Sunshine Tour. When she turned pro in August 2021 she was ranked fourth in the amateur world standings. In her first month as a pro she twice finished second and in December 2021 she earned her card to play on the LPGA Tour.
She averages 265.69 yards from the tee. Grant averages 30.33 putts per round and her scoring average is 70.06, which has her in sixth place in the standings. She has recorded 96 birdies in 21 rounds.
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