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Who is Anna Nordqvist's husband? Swede wins AIG Women's Open

Joshua Rogers August 23, 2021
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Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist claimed victory in the AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie at the weekend. Her husband, Kevin McAlpine, was there to cheer her on and celebrate with her after the win.

Anna Nordqvist wins AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie

Swede Anna Nordqvist has won the AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie, claiming the third major title of her career.

Nordqvist won the Women’s PGA Championship in 2009 and the Evian Championship in 2017.

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Her third major came with a brilliant three-under-par 69 for a 12-under-par total, edging out Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen.

After her victory, Nordqvist celebrated with her husband, Kevin McAlpine, who hails from Dundee.

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Nordqvist celebrates with her husband Kevin McAlpine

Anna Nordqvist’s husband Kevin McAlpine was there cheering her on in his native Scotland.

McAlpine is a former Scottish amateur champion while his dad, Hamish McAlpine, is a legendary Scottish goalkeeper who played for Dundee United.

Speaking about her husband’s support at the event, Nordqvist said: “My caddie [Paul Cormack], he’s been working so hard and I really wanted to do it for him, too.

“My husband [Kevin McAlpine] has been supporting me so much, too, and all my friends and family, and having spectators back and feeling that adrenalin kicking again, I think this is definitely my most special win.”

She added: “I hate losing probably more than I like winning. I think all the controversy and all the downs, and having my caddie and husband there pushing me every day being a rock, I hate to give up.”

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More on Kevin McAlpine

As well as being an amateur champion, Kevin McAlpine is a caddie who has worked with Lexi Thompson and Amy Yang on the PPGA Tour.

However, he is now the full-time caddie of PGA Tour competitor Martin Laird.

When asked about caddying for his wife Anna Nordqvist, he said: “I think Anna and I know it isn’t a great idea to have a working relationship.

“Not that it wouldn’t work, more that our personal relationship is more important and takes priority. If she was stuck and I wasn’t working, I would be more than happy to fill in.”

Anna and Kevin originally planned to get married in 2020 but were forced to wait until this year to tie the knot because of the pandemic.

They have been dating for about ten years.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.