Annika Sorenstam

Annika Sörenstam fired a final round of 68 (-4) to capture the US Senior Women’s Open by eight strokes at Brooklawn Country Club.

The 50-year-old made her first appearance in the senior event, having won the US Women’s Open three times in her career, and finished the tournament on 12-under-par.

Sörenstam, who is European PING Junior Solheim Cup Captain this year, had her husband Mike caddying for her and her children in the crowd.

After her victory, she said: “The Open has such a soft spot in my heart. It is kind of where my career started, so to come back here and bring my family, with my husband on the bag, my two kids walking the fairways, it is really a dream come true.

“I worked hard for this championship. When I turned 50, I said, ‘I’m going to play.’ I want to support the ladies; I want to support women’s golf and I figured this is what I have got to do.

“Coming back from 13 years was not easy. This is really a family affair. They supported me all along, they know what it takes to be out there.”