Linn Grant made history in front of her home fans as she stormed to a nine-shot victory at the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed to become the first female winner of a DP World Tour event.
The 22-year-old Swede produced a nerveless display of frontrunning on Sunday to keep a host of DP World Tour stars at bay and claim her third Ladies European Tour title in just six starts this season.
“I’m speechless and I’m so happy that I’m at home just to see all the kids and my family is here and everyone that I care about is watching, so it’s really nice,” said Linn. “I was surprisingly calm on the first tee. My first day with Annika was my most scary and stressful one, so today on the first fairway I told Pontus that I was very calm and it’s very doable today to play with this.
“I felt happy and relieved and to be able to get in the zone and just enjoy golf for a last day was very nice. When I walked up on the 13th green, I saw the leaderboard and I saw it was eight shots and it was very relaxing to not have to change gears and I could just go out and continue doing what I was doing.
“I hope this victory is big. I hope it brings women more forward and it gets people’s eyes on us a little bit more. It is always nice to say that you beat the guys for a week! To be able to speak Swedish and hear everyone out there cheering for you, it was amazing.”
“Pontus [Linn’s caddie and boyfriend] has been amazing, keeping me calm and doing everything right. The crowds are, like always, amazing. Swedish crowds!”
“It’s a nice feeling. All week I just felt like it’s the girls against the guys and whoever picks up that trophy represents the field.”
Linn did not put a foot wrong at Halmstad Golf Club on day four, stretching her overnight lead from two shots to seven with five birdies in the first six holes.
She managed to keep her card clean with three successive pars as the rain poured down over the next few holes, before making another birdie on the 10th.
Spurred on by the enormous crowds that followed her wherever she went, Linn picked up further shots at the 11th and 14th to sign for a flawless 64, topping the leaderboard at 24 under-par to win by the biggest margin on the DP World Tour so far this season.
Tournament co-host Henrik Stenson finished in a tie for second on 15 under-par alongside Scotland’s Marc Warren.