A religious Christian, the 40-year-old American noticed her hopes of lastly touchdown a significant fade earlier than bursting spectacularly into life, culminating in her being draped in a Star-Spangled Banner delivered from the sky.
A 17-year LPGA professional, she was signing autographs for followers whereas her rival on the prime of the leaderboard, Amy Olson, endured a nightmare on the ultimate gap handy Stanford the Evian Championship title.
Olson led heading into Sunday’s remaining spherical of the 12 months’s remaining main, and was in pole place to triumph, till a double bogey on the 18th noticed her slip right into a four-way tie for second place.
Cue tears of pleasure for Stanford, who appeared to have blown her possibilities of success with a missed putt of her personal on 18.
“I’ve at all times believed that God has a plan,” Stanford instructed reporters, “and that does not imply I have never doubted him and it does not imply I have never doubted that plan.
“However, deep down, I used to be with him a method or one other. I used to be ready to retire and never be a significant champion and that was okay as a result of it was his plan.
“He has a humorousness!”
Stanford completed 12-under par for the match, a rating that did not appear to be sufficient to win as Olson headed to the 18th tee at 13-under.
However Olson discovered the tough with an errant drive earlier than miscuing an try to seek out the golf green.
She was in the end left with a six-foot putt to power a playoff with Stanford, however it wasn’t to be.
And as she left the inexperienced and headed for the cabin, to her left a joyous Stanford was swamped by photographers and embraced by a few of her fellow professionals.
“In these moments I used to be pondering of my putt on 18,” recalled Stanford when requested about what was going by means of her thoughts throughout these excruciating remaining minutes.
“You are shaking a lot that it is onerous to hit one thing onerous. However I would not let myself go there as a result of I used to be already crying.”
A spectacular trophy ceremony noticed parachutists descend from the heavens, with one carrying an American flag handy to Stanford.
She’s the one American girl to win a significant this 12 months, doing so within the 436th match begin of her profession to gather a examine for $577,500.
Olson, in the meantime, is left to ponder what may need been.
“Amy and I are each Christians,” added Stanford when requested in regards to the 26-year-old. “And I do know Amy, I used to be studying a few of her feedback and she or he’s very content material in life.
“Everyone desires to win, whenever you’re out right here you need to win. However days like as we speak, I can solely think about the gutted feeling she had on 18.
“However she has loads of time. She’ll be again.”