Linn Grant ended the week on 24 under and nine clear of both Henrik Stenson and Marc Warren at the Scandinavian Mixed; the Swede’s historic DP World Tour victory is her sixth worldwide win since turning professional last summer
Linn Grant has become the first female winner in DP World Tour history after cruising to a dominant nine-stroke victory at the Scandinavian Mixed in Sweden.
The 22-year-old, already a two-time winner on the Ladies European Tour this season, completed the biggest victory of her career at an event where 78 women and 78 men from the DP World Tour play over the same course for one prize fund.
Grant took a two-shot lead into the final day at Halmstad Golf Club and never relinquished control during a special Sunday, birdieing five of her opening six holes on her way to a brilliant bogey-free 64 on home soil.
The Swede ended the week on 24 under, nine ahead of Scotland’s Marc Warren and tournament co-host Henrik Stenson, with Grant’s total some 14 shots better than nearest female challenger Gabriella Cowley.
Playing alongside Jason Scrivener, Grant – who only turned professional last summer – made a dream start with back-to-back birdies and extended overnight advantage by firing a brilliant tee shot to set up a close-range gain at the fourth.
Grant got up and down from just short of the green to take advantage of the par-five fifth and added another birdie at the next to go five under after just six holes, before negotiating the next three holes problem-free to reach the turn in 31.
A six-foot birdie at the 10th and two-putt gain at the par-five 11th pulled Grant further clear of the chasing pack, with another two-putt birdie at the par-five 14th taking her nine clear with four to play.
Grant was unable to take advantage of birdie opportunities at the 15th and 17th, with a two-putt par at the last signing off a career-changing success and equalling the lowest round of the week.
“I didn’t see it [the lead] until the 13th green, where the screen was, and it was a little bit [of a shock],” Grant admitted. “I thought maybe three or four ahead, but then when I saw eight I was like I can actually breathe out a little bit and go on and do my thing.