By Clement Long
(CNN) — It’s all fun and games until it isn’t. These were the threats that Anna Nordqvist faced as she went for her first win of the year this weekend.
For the poms, Britain’s Stephanie Meadow won the European Tour’s European Solheim Cup on Sunday to cap off a memorable week in France. The world No. 2 finished runner-up in the Women’s British Open and runner-up in the British Masters to claim her first win in 11 months.
“She played better in the last three days,” said the 24-year-old Swede. “It was such a great experience.
“This week was special for me. I had a great week at The Open. I was so close to winning. Today you needed a little bit more. I’m happy with second place, but I wouldn’t have wanted to win.”
Nordqvist carded a final-round round of 3-under 69 at Augusta National — her fourth top-five finish in the event — which was enough to see her overtake Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam’s record of 58 LPGA Tour titles.
And she was at the top of her game again in America, as she pulled level with South Africa’s amateur world No. 1 amateur Tanya Elkington at the top of the French Ladies International when she had an eagle and five birdies to start the weekend.
The 28-year-old, however, came unstuck early on and dropped three shots early on, while a bogey on the first and double bogey on the fifth saw her fall back off the pace.
Nordqvist was seven-under by the turn but five straight bogeys from the 12th saw her slip back into a tie for second with South Africa’s star-studded duo of Amy Yang and Ashleigh Simon.
Despite good efforts from Elkington, Scotland’s duo of Catriona Matthew and Anastasia Caldwell were both in action and looking to challenge for the title after a second-round 68.
“It’s great to see how much the tour has changed and progressed in the last 15 years or so,” said Nordqvist. “It’s great to be part of a tour that’s growing.”