By Steve Drumwright | Sept. 16, 2018, 12:26 p.m. (ET)
Angela Stanford poses with the trophy after winning The Evian Championship on Sept. 16, 2018 in Evian-les-Bains, France.

 

Angela Stanford can finally call her herself a major champion.

The American golfer fired a 3-under-par 68 and took advantage of a double bogey by Amy Olson to win The Evian Championship at Evian-les-Bains, France, on Sunday by one shot.

Stanford, 40, last came close to winning a major 15 years ago at the U.S. Women’s Open, where she finished second.

Her thrilling, roller-coaster finish in the final major of the year gave her a four-round total of 12-under 272.

Stanford is the only U.S. woman to win a major this year and the first to win The Evian Championship since 2007, when it was not yet a major.

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Olson, who had either shared or led outright most of Sunday’s final round, missed a 6-foot bogey putt on No. 18 that would have forced a playoff. Instead, she finished in a four-way tie for second with fellow Americans Mo Martin (70) and Austin Ernst (68), as well as South Korea’s Sei Young Kim (72).

Stanford briefly tied for the lead with Olson — who entered the day leading by two shots over Kim — at 13 under when she made an eagle on No. 15. However, Stanford double-bogeyed the par-3 16th, losing her grip on first place. But she regained her focus for a birdie on No. 17 and a par on the finishing hole, then watched to see what Olson would do.

Olson, who needed only a par to win and three-putted on No. 18, had never finished higher than seventh before Sunday.

Steve Drumwright is a journalist based in Murrieta, California. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.