SA’s Pace in Ladies European Tour win

first_img14 May 2013 ‘Very frustrating’“It’s been very frustrating because I felt I was just getting back to the form I had when I won five times in 2010,” she said. “After the surgery, I had to undergo physiotherapy and my patience was sorely tested. I could feel my game starting to come back slowly, but it has been quite a road back. It’s just fantastic to have all that work pay off.” The South African boxed a three-footer for birdie at the second hole and picked up her second birdie with an up-and-down chip at the fourth. She made a brilliant up-and-down at the sixth to save par and another good save from the bunker at the eight. LEADERBOARD 289 Lee-Anne Pace (RSA) (-3) 70, 77, 70, 72290 Charley Hull (Eng) (-2) 75, 71, 69, 75 290 Carlota Ciganda (Esp) (-2) 69, 74, 72, 75 290 Minea Bloqvist (Fin) (-2) 75, 75, 70, 70291 Christel Boeljon (Ned) (-1) 71, 78, 67, 75 292 Holly Clyburn (Eng) (E) 74, 71, 75, 72292 Eleanor Givens (Eng) (E) 72, 73, 74, 73292 Florentyna Parker (Eng) (E) 74, 71, 72, 75292 Trish Johnson (Eng) (E) 71, 71, 75, 75303 Stacy-Lee Bregman (RSA) (+11) 77, 73, 78, 75307 Morgana Robertze (RSA) (+15) 75, 76, 81, 75 Potential play-offHull, Ciganda or the two-time defending champion Christel Boeljon from the Netherlands could force a play-off with a birdie the final hole. However, the Dutch player got caught in the fairway bunker and was forced to lay up, effectively leaving the race. Patience at one of the toughest layouts on the Ladies European Tour certainly paid off for Pace. Playing in the penultimate group, the 32-year-old South African set the clubhouse target at three-under-par 289 with a final round of one-under-par 72 and promptly moved to the putting green where she kept her focus going while she waited for the group to finish the round. The Mossel Bay professional was two off the pace at the start of the final round but overhauled overnight leaders Charley Hull from England and Spain’s Carlota Ciganda to lift her sixth Ladies European Tour title since she won five times in 2010 on her way to claiming the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit. South Africa’s Stacy-Lee Bregman and Morgana Robbertze both made the cut and tied for 47th and 55th respectively. The injury forced her early retirement and she returned to South Africa where she got a second opinion when the wound wouldn’t heal. The resulting examination revealed glass in the wound and Pace was forced to undergo surgery.center_img “You know, I just thought that if it happens, it happens,” Pace said. “There was a chance of a play-off, so I was just hitting some putts and trying not to look. It’s been a while and to do it again is fantastic. It is just so nice to win again.” South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace came from behind to end a three-year title drought when she triumphed at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open, a Ladies European Tour event, at the National Golf Club in Belek, Antalya on Sunday. ‘One of the toughest’“It’s definitely one of the toughest golf courses we play,” she said. “The greens get quite a lot firmer and quicker at the end of the week and it’s a very tight golf course. You have to keep the ball in play.” Ciganda, who will be defending the Deloitte Ladies Open in Holland from 24 to 26 May, tied for second with Hull and Finland’s Minea Blomqvist. In November last year, Pace was ranked inside the top five on the ISPS Handa Order of Merit, but disaster struck during the Sanya Ladies Open. The Southern Cape golfer slipped and fell in her hotel room and badly cut her right elbow when she struck a mirror in the room. Hull and Ciganda still both had a chance, but the British rookie rushed her putt past the hole while the Spanish player watched helplessly as her birdie effort lipped-out. After turning with a one-stroke lead, Pace dropped a shot at the 11th when a gust of wind knocked her ball down short of the green, but she retaliated with a birdie at the 12th. Another drop followed at the 14th but she settled down and came home with four successive pars. SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img

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