Historic Comeback: Linn Grant Overcomes 11-Stroke Deficit to Win Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed

 Linn Grant made history with the largest final round comeback in DP World Tour history, overturning an 11-stroke deficit to clinch the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed for the second time.

The Swedish golfer, who gained international acclaim two years ago as the first female winner of a DP World Tour event at this very tournament, carded a stunning seven-under-par final round of 65 at Vasatorps Golfklubb. This remarkable performance secured her the title by a single stroke.

 

Home town hero

The victory was particularly poignant for Grant, competing in her hometown of Helsingborg with her brother Jonathan serving as her caddie.

Sebastian Söderberg, who held an eight-stroke lead overnight over his nearest challenger Calum Hill, faltered after reaching 21 under par over three rounds. Grant, starting the day at ten under par, fired six birdies in her first ten holes and chipped in from just off the green at the last, setting a clubhouse target of 17 under par, three strokes behind Söderberg with six holes remaining.

 

Söderberg can’t believe what unravelled on the back nine.

Coming up short

Söderberg’s challenge unravelled with bogeys at the 13th and 15th holes. He parred the 16th and 17th but stood on the 18th tee with only a one-stroke lead. Despite an excellent drive, his approach shot plugged in the greenside bunker. His subsequent chip left him with a par putt that fell short, and his bogey attempt circled the hole but stayed out, resulting in a double bogey and a five-over-par 77. This marked his third runner-up finish in just five starts.

As news of her victory reached the range, Grant, who was preparing for a potential play-off, celebrated her sixth Ladies European Tour title.

 

Paul Lawrie’s 1999 comeback record has stood for nearly 25 years.

Lawrie loses comeback title

Grant’s triumph shattered records, marking the largest deficit ever overcome in DP World Tour history, surpassing the ten-stroke comebacks by Paul Lawrie (The 1999 Open) and Jamie Spence (1992 Canon European Masters). No player had previously held an eight-stroke lead after 54 holes and failed to win on the DP World Tour.

Söderberg finished tied for second with Scotsman Hill at 16 under par, while Sweden’s Johanna Gustavsson and the English pair of Alex Fitzpatrick and Andy Sullivan shared fourth place at 13 under.

 

 

Plugged lie in the bunker at 18 summed up Söderberg’s luck.

Getting over the line

Reflecting on her win, Grant said: “Very mixed emotions. Like I said before, I feel honestly terrible for Sebastian at the moment. I don’t even have words for it. I can’t imagine how he feels. At the same time, I’m so surprised standing here as a winner again, in my hometown. It’s amazing.

 

Thoughts

“Honestly, I just tried to go out today and give myself the opportunity. I didn’t think about the chance of winning, 11 shots is a huge gap. I just wanted to go out, have fun and make as many birdies as possible. While enjoy it with my brother on the bag and being at home.

“On the 18th, unbelievable. I think I celebrated well enough when I was there.  I’m not looking back at that wishing it was me in the last group. It turned out to be an incredible day.

“I’m so speechless. I can’t really believe it.”

 

For the final leaderboard and scores click here:

https://www.europeantour.com/dpworld-tour/volvo-car-scandinavian-mixed-2024/results?round=4

 

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