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Usually a birdie is something for a golfer to be pretty pleased about, but Swedish star Madelene Sagstrom was left rather bemused by the actions of one mischievous gull at the weekend.
She was chasing a first major victory when she teed off on the opening hole of the final round of the Women's Open at Carnoustie in Scotland on Sunday, and would have been pretty happy with her first shot which landed nicely on the fairway.
Less impressed was the nearby gull which immediately chased the ball after it had landed close to where it was minding its own business on the course.
Sagstrom's feathered foe then began to peck at the ball, perhaps hoping for a treat, but all it managed to achieve was to move the ball by about 25 yards.
Unfortunately for the Swede, it was in the wrong direction meaning she was now further away from the hole.
It was the golfer who had the last laugh, though, as she was allowed to move her ball back to where it had landed before the galling gull had interfered.
After the intruder had been chased off by tournament officials, Sagstrom made par and went on to finish tied second – her best ever finish at a major competition.
She could, however, have gone one better had she not had a final-hole disaster with a bogey which cost her a play-off against winner Anna Nordqvist.
"I think this is the most special one," said Sagstrom's compatriot after sealing her third major title.
"Just because it's taken me a couple years and I've fought so hard and questioned whether I was doing the right things. Also, knowing how my caddie has been working so hard and I really wanted to do it for him, too.
"My husband has been supporting me so much, too, and all friends and family. And having spectators back and feeling that adrenaline kicking in again, I think this is definitely my most special win."
Nordqvist continued: "There's just something about golf that keeps driving me. I hate losing probably more than I like winning.
"I hate to give up. I feel like things have been coming together. I saw a lot of good things coming last year and a lot of good things happening this year."
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