Nanna Koerstz Madsen wins Honda LPGA Thailand with late eagle

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Nanna Koerstz Madsen started the final round in Thailand with an eagle and ended her day the same way, draining a 10-foot putt on the second playoff hole against Xiyu “Janet” Lin, to secure her first LPGA title. Koerstz Madsen became the first Danish player to win on tour.

“It’s amazing. It’s a dream come true,” said Koerstz Madsen, who along with Lin set a new record of 26 under 262 at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

China’s Lin, also chasing her first LPGA title, birdied her final two holes in regulation as well as both playoff holes. Lin finished with a 6-under 66 on the steamy Old Course at Siam Country Club.

“I’m very proud,” Lin said. “Sometimes it’s just weird. You have drawn 26 cents and cannot win a tournament. But that’s my lowest shot in a tournament week, and like four days of very solid golf. Like I’m going to get a lot out of it.

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Nanna Koerstz Madsen of Denmark gives the golf club to her caddy after her second shot in the shoot-off on the 18th hole during the Honda LPGA Thailand Final Round at Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course on March 13, 2022 in Pattaya, Thailand. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)

Koerstz Madsen, whose fiancé Nicki Hansen caddies for her on tour, caught a flyer on the par-5 18th hole in regulation that led to a closing bogey. She rebounded by playing both playoff holes in three under. Koerstz Madsen is known to sometimes carry lemons in her golf bag which she sucks on to help her stay calm and focused.

Last year at the AIG Women’s British Open, Koerstz Madsen entered the 72nd hole par with Anna Nordqvist, but suffered a heartbreaking double bogey on the 18th that included a shocking rod from a greenside bunker.

It now seems like a distant memory.

Koerstz Madsen, 27, joins Leona Maguire as the only first-time winners in 2022. Both competed in European Cup winning team Solheim at Inverness in 2021. Koerstz Madsen won the Epson three times Tour in 2017 to win a “Battlefield Promotion” at the LPGA.

“I mean, Janet, she really fought,” Koerstz Madsen said. “She finished birdie-birdie, so she played amazing too. Yes, I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous there.

Celine Boutier finished one shot away from the playoffs in third at 25 under. Amy Yang, a three-time winner of this event, finished tied for fourth with Brooke Henderson at under 23.

Yuka Saso, the 2021 US Women’s Open champion, surged in the final round with a record 10-under 62 that included eight birdies and a pitch-in for the 30-yard eagle on the par-4 15th. Saso’s round tied the tournament low set by Jessica Korda in 2018.

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