Nordqvist ends winless drought for Europeans


Anna Nordqvist ended Europe's 14-month winless drought Sunday at the ShopRite Classic. (Getty)

Anna Nordqvist ended Europe’s 14-month drought in LPGA events.

With Sunday’s victory at the ShopRite Classic, the Swede claimed Europe’s first LPGA title since she won the Kia Classic in March of 2014. Nordqvist has claimed the last three LPGA titles won by Europeans. It’s been almost 20 months since a European other than Nordqvist has won an LPGA event. Suzann Pettersen is the last Euro beside Nordqvist to win. Pettersen won the Taiwan Championship in October of 2013.

Nordqvist, 27, came from a shot behind Morgan Pressel in the final round Sunday at ShopRite to win. It’s Nordqvist’s fifth career LPGA title.

“I’m really proud of the way I fought,” Nordqvist said. “I felt like I played really well today, and I put myself in position to win.”

Nordqvist said winning in the LPGA is getting more difficult.

“I feel like I’ve played pretty good [this year], and I've been in contention, I think, twice before today,” Nordqvist said. “The rookies that came out on tour this year, they've been really good. I think four or five of them have already won. So, it's just getting more and more competitive, and that's what makes it even sweeter when you do get the win, because you know how hard it is to win. You can't have any errors, and you just can't make many mistakes if you want to come out on top.”