Fifteen years after losing a play-off for the U.S Open, Stanford finally tasted major glory at the 2018 Evian Championship in France, where she overcame a five-stroke deficit after 54 holes to win by one.
It came at the age of 40 in her 76th major appearance, which was thought to be a record in both the men’s and women’s games – one more than Sergio Garcia when he broke through at the 2017 Masters and 24 more than Catriona Matthew at the 2009 AIG Women’s Open.
What it certainly did was remove the tag of “best female golfer never to have won a major”.
The six-time Solheim Cup player said: “I'm grateful and so happy for everybody who never gave up on me. God is funny - he catches you off guard just when you think that maybe you're done.”