Golf: Linn Grant, first woman to win a tournament on the men’s European tour

Sweden’s Linn Grant made history on Sunday by becoming the first woman to win a men’s European Tour tournament, at Scandinavian Mixed in Sweden.

The 22-year-old golfer won this competition that brought together men from the DP World Tour circuit and women from the Ladies European Tour (LET) on the same course.

“I just hope that people recognize women’s golf, that more sponsors go to the LET and that it pushes women’s golf a little bit more,” said Grant, who won her third tournament of the season in six starts on Sunday.

Sweden's Linn Grant watches her drive, at the start of the first hole of the annual Scandinavian mixed tournament, on June 12, 2022 in Halmstad, a competition that brings together men from the DP World Tour and women from the Ladies on the same course.  European Tour (LET) (TT/AFP News Agency - Pontus LUNDAHL)
Sweden’s Linn Grant watches her drive, at the start of the first hole of the annual Scandinavian mixed tournament, on June 12, 2022 in Halmstad, a competition that brings together men from the DP World Tour and women from the Ladies on the same course. European Tour (LET) (TT/AFP News Agency – Pontus LUNDAHL)

On the Halmstad Golf Club course, the Swede returned a final card at 24 under par, well ahead of her closest pursuers, 2016 British Open winner Henrik Stenson of Sweden and Marc Warren of Scotland, tied at -15. This is the largest margin seen this season between the winner of a tournament and their runner-up on the DP World Tour, the new European circuit.

“It’s huge. Playing at home and having the crowd here, my family, by my side, my boyfriend in the bag (Pontus is also his caddy, editor’s note), it’s crazy and I’m proud of myself,” he said. Swedish. , quoted on the europeantour.com site.

When asked if beating the men in this tournament was his main motivation this week, he replied: “Sure, that’s the most important thing! It’s a nice feeling. The whole week I had the impression that it was like girls against women. Kids (…)”

Her compatriot, Annika Sorenstam, godmother of the event and a legend in her sport’s history with ten Major titles, praised her performance. “I am so excited and happy for Linn,” she told Sky Sports. “Hopefully we can build on her win and people will see the quality of women’s golf. Linn couldn’t demonstrate it better.”

Linn Grant is the granddaughter of James Grant, a Scottish professional golfer who emigrated to Helsingsborg, Sweden.

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