(CNN) -- Scotland's Catriona Matthew claimed her first golfing major as she won the Women's British Open by three strokes at Royal Lytham on Sunday.
Veteran Matthew has waited a long time to get her hands on a major title.
It was a remarkable performance by the 39-year-old, who gave birth to her second child just 11 weeks ago.
A final round one-over 73 helped Matthew to a three-under total of 285 with Karrie Webb of Australia closing with a four-under 68 to claim second place.
Paula Creamer (71), Hee-Won Han (70), Ai Miyazato (73) and Christina Kim (74) shared fourth place at one over.
Matthew was playing in only her second tournament since returning to the game and kept her nerve despite repeated challenges on the final day.
"I had a tear in my eye coming up the last," she said.
"I was overcome by it all."
Matthew went into the final round with a three-stroke lead but she bogeyed the first, third and 10th to fall into a tie with in-form Miyazato, winner of last week's Evian Masters in France.
But she regrouped to sink long birdie putts on the 13th and 14th and two-putted the long 15th for a third successive birdie to go clear again.
Although she bogeyed the 17th, other leading names also made mistakes with American star Creamer, having climbed into second place, double-bogeying the 18th.
Miyazato also double-bogeyed the 17th to ease the pressure on Matthew, who had strokes in hand over former world number one Webb, who was already in the clubhouse after her superb round.
Matthew had husband Graeme on her bag during her triumph. He had to miss the Evian tournament after sustaining burns to his feet after the pair escaped from an apartment block blaze in France last week.
She took home a winning check of $335,000.
Defending champion Ji-Yai Shin of South Korea finished tied for seventh after finishing with a disappointing three-over-par 75.
Michelle Wie finished a shot further back after an excellent closing 69 on the seaside links, probably enough to earn the teenage star a wildcard place on the U.S..team for the Solheim Cup against Europe later this month.
On the men's European tour, Swedish rookie Oskar Henningsson claimed a maiden victory with a two-shot win at the Czech Open.
Hennigsson shot a final round 67 to beat English pair Sam Little and overnight leader Steve Webster by two shots on 13-under overall.
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