Sweden's Anna Nordqvist held on to claim her third major title at the Women's British Open golf championship on Sunday, while Japan's Ayaka Furue slipped down the leaderboard to finish in a tie for 20th.

Nordqvist, winner of the 2009 LPGA Championship and the 2017 Evian Championship, carded a final round 69 at Carnoustie Golf Links to finish on 12-under par, one shot clear of England's Georgia Hall, Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom and American Lizette Salas.

Anna Nordqvist of Sweden poses with the AIG Women's Open trophy at Carnoustie Golf Links on Aug. 22, 2021 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (R&A/Getty/Kyodo)

Furue started the fourth round four shots behind overnight co-leaders Nordqvist and Denmark's Nanna Koerstz Madsen, but lost ground on the leaders as she carded a level-par round of 72 that featured an eagle, two birdies and four bogeys.

"It's such a difficult course, it didn't match my level of play. Playing against the wind was harder than golf in the rain," said the 21-year-old Furue, who finished the tournament with a 5-under-par total of 283.

"I want to be able to make adjustments during the round, even on bad days when I need to persevere. Playing at the (famed) links venue was a good experience."

Elsewhere for Japan, Nasa Hataoka was tied for 26th at 3-under and Hinako Shibuno was 34th at 1-under. Filipino-Japanese golfer Yuka Saso finished the tournament at even-par.

For many players, the Women's British Open was their first event since the Tokyo Games, including world No. 1 and Olympic gold medalist Nelly Korda of the United States, who hit 72 to finish in a tie for 13th at 6-under.

Ayaka Furue of Japan plays a shot during Day Four of the AIG Women's Open at Carnoustie Golf Links on Aug. 22, 2021 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (R&A/Getty/Kyodo)