And as if making history wasn’t enough, she did it in a dominant fashion as she traveled across a field of 156 players. The weekend’s best under-64 performance on the final day confirmed a landslide victory: Grant’s 24 under par saw her finish nine shots ahead of runner-up Mark Warren and fellow Swede Henrik Stenson and 14 shots from the next woman. player, Gabriella Coley.
The victory was all the sweeter because it was a home win – in every sense of the word. Boyfriend Pontus Samuelsson was a caddy and friends and family supported the enthusiastic Swedish crowd.
“The vibe is there, I could feel it,” Grant told CNN Sport. “I felt like it was only because I’m from there, but after sitting in the car on the way home, I saw calls on social networks, journalists reaching out – everything just grew… it’s a little crazy.”
As her historic win makes world headlines, Grant hopes her success will help women’s football take it one step further.
“I think a lot of people can relate to women’s golf,” perhaps even more so than the men’s game, she said, because “they [men] they are still hitting and there are not enough moves.
“I hope it has some impact and people can look at it and see that we are a group of players who are so good, hit the ball far enough, shoot close enough, take the shots and score well.
“I just hope more people understand this. And then we look better and more beautiful!” Grant added with a laugh.
He turned just 23 a week after the win, and the Halmstad win marked the latest peak in Grant’s meteoric rise since turning pro in 2021.
Three victories in four months on the Women’s European Tour (LET) helped Grant secure second place in The Race to Costa del Sol, a 28-tournament LET season set to determine the winner of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España. In November. Incredibly, she leads the chase group despite having played the fewest tournaments of the Tour’s top nine players.
While some players struggle with the transition from amateur to pro, Grant is thriving.
“In my last year as an amateur, whenever I fell out of the zone of opportunity to win, it almost seemed like it didn’t motivate me anymore,” Grant said.
“The feeling that I’m now gambling – that this is my life – suddenly, it seems to me that it does not matter. [dropping out of the zone]. If I can just make the bird one last time, I can still make more money than if I didn’t.”
The only player to beat Grant in the Race to the Costa del Sol is childhood friend Maya Stark. Teammates in Sweden from a young age and students from the same high school, the duo share a close bond.
“I always cheer her up and hope she does the same for me, which I know she does,” Grant said.
“It’s nice to have someone around who knows what situation you’re in and to be able to talk about things that other people either can’t understand or just don’t understand.”
Not that their friendship has stopped Grant from declaring her desire to pursue and defeat Stark in Spain, which is one of her key goals for the season.
With Joanna Gustavsson trailing behind Grant, the all-Swedish trio at the top of the Race on the Costa del Sol reflects the dominance of the Scandinavian country in LET and the growing number of golf in Sweden that has already spawned a legend in the sport.
Grant cites two reasons for the recent surge in the country’s top female golfers: the Swedish Golf Federation’s investment and efforts to develop the game, and, ironically, the harsh Scandinavian climate.
With snow conditions interrupting the country’s golf season, Swedish players must work hard to maximize practice, with Grant spending “lost” time doing other activities that will help her game, like going to the gym.
“We can’t play 12 months of the year, which makes you thick-skinned,” she explained. “It’s zero degrees, you just have to get out there and hit with wedges or whatever you need to practice on.”
With her historic victory in the Scandinavian mixed competition, it looks like the attitude is paying off – and helping Grant in her mission to grow the sport and serve as a role model not only for women, but for everyone who plays the game.
“If this win can help someone or just give someone extra motivation, I’m happy,” she said.