Michele Thomson pipped by last-hole birdie in Indian Women’s Open

Michele Thomson had to settle for second place in the Hero Women's Indian Open
Michele Thomson had to settle for second place in the Hero Women's Indian Open
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Michele Thomson was disappointed but not disheartened after the Scot had to settle for second spot in the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

The 29-year-old led by three shots heading into the final round after her course-record 64 on Saturday and had stretched that advantage to five with 11 holes to play.

But her hopes of landing a maiden victory on the Ladies European Tour came unstuck on the back nine of the tough Black Knight Course at DLF Golf & Country Club in Gurgaon.

Thomson covered that stretch in three-over while, in contrast, Frenchwoman Camille Chevalier stormed home in 31, five-under-par, to pip the Scot.

The pair were tied on 11-under heading to the last, where Chevalier, a 23-year-old from Aix-en-Provence, clinched victory in style with her fifth birdie in eight holes.

Despite falling just short in her bid to become the first Scot to win on the circuit in more than three years, it was still a great week’s work by Thomson.

For starters, the former Curtis Cup player comfortably beat her previous best performance, which was finishing 14th in ABN Amro Ladies Open in 2009 - her rookie season.

This effort also earned her around £27,000, climbing to 26th on the money-list and on course to finish the year as top Scot.

“Yes,” replied Thomson to being asked if she felt disappointed about the outcome, “but I will take back a lot of positives away and will try and go one better next time.

“I had a great start again today and was trying to make the same score (as Saturday) but the putter went cold on the back nine.

“I also made a couple of mistakes, but you can’t take anything away from Camille as she played awesome and congratulations to her.”