Linn Maria Grant (born 20 June 1999) is a Swedish professional golfer. She won the 2017 Ladies' British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship and was in contention at the 2018[1] and 2020 U.S. Women's Open.[2]

Linn Grant
Personal information
Full nameLinn Maria Grant
Born (1999-06-20) 20 June 1999 (age 22)
Helsingborg, Sweden
Sporting nationality Sweden
ResidenceTempe, Arizona
Career
CollegeArizona State University
Turned professional2021
Professional wins3
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationDNP
Women's PGA C'shipDNP
U.S. Women's OpenT23: 2020
Women's British OpenCUT: 2018
Evian ChampionshipDNP
Achievements and awards
Nordic Golf Tour
Order of Merit
2020

Family and early yearsEdit

Grant is the grand-daughter of James Grant, a Scottish golf professional that emigrated from Inverness in Scotland to Helsingborg in Sweden.[3] The Grant family has had a fair bit of success on Catriona Matthew's home track, North Berwick Golf Club. James won the Scottish Boys Championship on the course, and Linn won the British Amateur Stroke Play Championship there, 49 years later. James died when Linn was 6 years old.[1] Her father John played on the Swedish Golf Tour and has seven wins on the Swedish Senior Tour,[4] and is the club pro at PGA Sweden National.[5]

Amateur careerEdit

Grant joined the Swedish National Team in 2016 and represented her country at the European Girls' Team Championship, were Sweden was runner-up 2016 and winner in 2017. She was a part of the 3rd place team at the World Junior Girls Championship in Canada 2017. She was then part of the Swedish teams that won the European Ladies' Team Championship a record three times in 2018, 2019 and 2020, teamed with Frida Kinhult, Sara Kjellker, Amanda Linnér, Maja Stark and Beatrice Wallin.[6][7]

She also excelled individually. In 2016 she won the Doral-Publix Junior Classic and the Junior Masters Invitational. In 2017 she won the German Girls Open and recorded a season's Scottish double as she won the Helen Holm Scottish Women's Open Championship at Royal Troon by five strokes and the Ladies' British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at North Berwick Golf Club.[8]

She was runner-up at the 2018 Major Champions Invitational in Florida, finished tied for fifth at the 2019 European Ladies Amateur Championship and was a semifinalist at the 2019 British Ladies Amateur. Her achievements earned her an invitation to play at the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur in 2019.[9]

Grant was a member of the 2017 European Junior Solheim Cup team and represented the Continent of Europe on the winning 2019 Vagliano Trophy team. She was selected to represent the International Team at the 2020 Arnold Palmer Cup.[10]

In 2018, Grant won the qualification for the 2018 Women's British Open at St Annes Old Links Golf Club with a round of 62 (−10), however she missed the cut in the Women's Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club after rounds of 78 and 72. She also won the sectional qualification for the 2018 U.S. Women's Open at Buckinghamshire Golf Club with rounds of 67 and 70, seven strokes ahead of the runner-up Catriona Matthew and nine ahead of the third qualifier Mel Reid. In the U.S. Open at Shoal Creek Club, Grant was tied for fourth and best amateur after opening rounds of 69 and 72, and finished tied for 57th after final rounds of 78 and 81.[11]

Grant was a freshman at Arizona State University in 2019–20, along with compatriot Amanda Linnér. She won her first varsity tournament for the Arizona State Sun Devils at the Dr Donnis Thompson Invitational in Honolulu in March 2020.[8]

Over the summer in 2020, she played on the Nordic Golf Tour where she won the GolfUppsala Open. She lost in a playoff to Ingrid Lindblad at the 2020 Skaftö Open, but a few weeks later won the Swedish Matchplay Championship, just like Anna Nordqvist, Caroline Hedwall, Maria Hjorth, Helen Alfredsson and Liselotte Neumann before her.[12] With the win, Grant secured victory in the Nordic Golf Tour 2020 Order of Merit, named the Road to Creekhouse Ladies Open, still an amateur not allowed to receive prize money, and a spot at the Creekhouse Ladies Open at Kristianstad Golf Club on the 2021 Ladies European Tour. She was ranked 5th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking.[13]

Playing with the Arizona State Sun Devils Grant won three consecutive individual tournament titles in the spring of 2021.[14]

Professional careerEdit

Grant announced her turning professional in August 2021, ranked 4th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. In her first month as a professional, Grant claimed two successive second-place finishes on the Ladies European Tour, at the Skaftö Open and the Creekhouse Ladies Open.[15] In October she won her first tournament as a professional, the Terre Blanche Ladies Open in France.[16]

Amateur winsEdit

Source:[8][9][17]

Professional wins (3)Edit

LET Access Series wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 9 Oct 2021 Terre Blanche Ladies Open 68-66-72=206 −10 4 strokes   Amalie Leth Nissen (a)

Nordic Golf Tour (2)Edit

Source:[17]

Results in LPGA majorsEdit

Tournament 2018 2019 2020
ANA Inspiration
U.S. Women's Open T57 T23
Women's PGA Championship
Women's British Open CUT
The Evian Championship NT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied

Team appearancesEdit

Amateur

Source:[18][19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "18-year-old amateur Linn Grant in contention at U.S. Women's Open". Golfweek. USA Today. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  2. ^ "21-year-old amateur is amazingly in contention at the U.S. Women's Open". Golf.com. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Sweden's Grant wins in grandfather's homeland". The Courier. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  4. ^ "John Grant Results". Golfdata. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Grant wins Ladies Stroke Play Championship". R&A. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Linn Grant Presentation". Swedish Golf Federation. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Grant Leads Sweden to Third Consecutive European Championship". Pac-12. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  8. ^ a b c "Linn Grant". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Roster: Linn Grant". ASU Sundevils. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Linn Grant Selected to Compete in Palmer Cup". ASU Sun Devil Women's Golf. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Amatören Grant vann British Open-kvalet med 62-rond". Svensk Golf (in Swedish). Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Lynn Carlsson och Joakim Rask svenska mästare i matchspel" (in Swedish). Swedish Golf Federation. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Linn Grant i topp på Ekerum" (in Swedish). Swedish Golf Federation. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Linn Grant wins third consecutive title, leading ASU golf to Bruin Wave crown". Golfweek. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  15. ^ "Maja Stark Claims First Let Victory After Quality Performance at Creekhouse Ladies Open". Ladies European Tour. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  16. ^ "Grant Clinches Terre Blanche Ladies Open Title". LET Access Series. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  17. ^ a b "Linn Grant Results". Golfdata. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  18. ^ "European Team Championships". European Golf Association.
  19. ^ "International matches". European Golf Association.

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