Karrie Webb closed with a round of 65 to vault into first place and win the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club yesterday.
Webb finished on 16 under for the tournament, one shot clear of Ashleigh Simon and two ahead of Solheim Cup hopeful Caroline Masson, the pair having led going into the final round alongside teenager Klara Spilkova, who had to settle for a share of sixth.
Webb began the day in seventh place but was in electric form on the opening nine holes of the course, carding four birdies and an eagle on the ninth.
Another eagle followed on the way back and, although she bogeyed the 16th, she had already done enough for a win she hopes will prove the perfect preparation for the Ricoh Women’s British Open at St Andrews, where she will go for a fourth title next week.
“I came over here to get some tournament rounds under my belt, get some confidence going, get into the time zone and British conditions. To win is just the icing on the cake,” Webb told the Ladies European Tour website after her victory.
“I’m very happy with how I played this week and I got more and more confident on the course as the week went on.
“I hadn’t played the par fives particularly well this week but today I played them well with two eagles. It’s a great boost when conditions are tough.”
Although they started with three-stoke advantages, neither Simon nor Masson could keep up, Simon signing for a 69 and Masson a 70. It doesn’t feel like I lost it; it feels like Karrie won it and I think seven-under is a great score in the last round,” Masson said. “I gave my best and did all I could.”
Simon booked her place at St Andrews and refused to be downhearted. “I can’t be disappointed, I played really well today,” she said. “Conditions were very tough and for Karrie to shoot 65, I take my hat off to her. I don’t think I could have played any better. I hit some great shots. The pins were tucked on slopes today that you just couldn’t get to, so I’m very pleased and now I’m into the British Open and don’t have to qualify.”
Spilkova, who had shared first place after back-to-back rounds of 66, could not keep up that pace as she bogeyed three times on the back nine in a round of 73 – the same score as Tiger Woods’ niece Cheyenne, who finished in a tie for 16th place, 11 shots off the lead.
England’s Charley Hull, 17, was the best-placed of the home contingent, finishing in a share of ninth place after an eagle on the 17th.
Tiger’s niece at Kingsbarns to battle for Open place
CHEYENNE Woods, Tiger’s niece, is at Kingsbarns today trying to secure a spot in this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open at St Andrews.
Joining the American in the one-round shoot-out for the final few berths in the event’s second staging on the Old Course are a number of high-profile British and European players.
They include Carin Koch, who clinched the winning point in the 2000 Solheim Cup at Loch Lomond, and fellow Swede Maria Hjorth, who made her fifth appearance against the Americans in the win in Ireland two years ago.
England’s Melissa Reid, another member of the victorious team at Killeen Castle, is also in today’s field, as is Carly Booth, the Scottish Ladies’ Open champion.
She’s bidding to join Catriona Matthew, the sole home player with an exemption, in the season’s fourth major and so, too, are Vikki Laing, Kelsey MacDonald, Pamela Pretswell, Michele Thomson and amateur Fiona Liddell.
Pretswell is joined by Amy Boulden and Bronte Law, two of her team-mates in the winning Curtis Cup team at Nairn last season.
Feggans chalks up another win for Scots
PAMELA Feggans has chalked up Scotland’s fourth victory on the Ladies European Tour Access Series in just over a year.
The 30-year-old from Ayrshire claimed the Ingaro Ladies Open at Ingaro Golf Club, near Stockholm, with a 54-hole total of 203 (69, 67, 67).
She joins Carly Booth, Pamela Pretswell and Heather MacRae in tasting success on the LET’s feeder circuit.