Ladies European Tour
Aug 17th, 2020
Lewis lands ASI Ladies Scottish Open
American wins four-way playoff
Words: GolfPunk Photography: Tristan Jones, Paul Severn
The victory is the first non-major LET win of her career and her 13th worldwide, having last lifted a trophy in 2017.
Her first win as a mother, Lewis admitted to singing her daughter Chesnee’s favourite song throughout the day, with her very own rendition of Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it off’ proving to be one of her most important thoughts before calmly holing from 24ft for victory on the first playoff hole.
“I hit a good approach shot into 18 in regulation and the shot in the play-off was exactly ten yards further, so it was 8-iron, same shot and fortunately I got it started more left this time and I got it on the top shelf.”
She continued, “Travis and I had been reading putts together all day and I had the line there. It was five inches outside left. I knew I needed to get it there with enough speed and finally, after the whole back nine, I got one to go in and that was all I needed.”
In a true links battle, the lead changed hands on multiple occasions throughout an exciting day at the Renaissance Golf Club with as many as five players leading at some stage during the round.
Lewis assumed an advantage early with birdies on the 2nd and 3rd only for Jennifer Song to take the initiative by heading out in 34 strokes. Muñoz meanwhile, fell away with a bogey at the 1st and double-bogey at the 6th before re-igniting her challenge on the back-nine with a gutsy display which included a few sublime bunker shots and slick putts to post a back-nine of 33 to force her way in the play-off.
Despite her obvious disappointment, Munoz was still smiling at the end, commenting, “I'm proud of myself. Obviously it was a tough day and I didn't have a good start. I got pretty unlucky on No. 6. I got a plugged lie in the bunker, so I had to take an unplayable. But I fought really hard and I made some really nice putts coming in and sometimes that’s all you can do.”
Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen, who moves to the top of the Race to Costa Del Sol, the official LET rankings with her second place finish, has been consistent all week and of the four players to make the playoff, returned the lowest round, a three-under-par 68. Paired with Danielle Kang, Pedersen had the unusual experience of having her boyfriend inside the ropes, but not with her, since he caddies for the LPGA star.
Speaking about the day, the one-time LET winner said, “It was a little weird because normally when he's there and we play, we chat a lot, and I don't think we said anything to each other today. But they make a good team and I respect the work. At the end of the day, this is my job and it's his job and we are both professionals. We just learn to deal with it. I think the first time is always a little odd.”
Missing out on the playoff by a single stroke, Nanna Koerstz Madsen finished the tournament in style with a ‘round of the week’ 65 (-6). She was joined in T5 by American Danielle Kang, who narrowly missed out on the chance for a three-peat after a final round 69 (-2).
Scotland’s Kylie Henry capped a memorable week with a T12 finish, posting a final round 68 (-3) to take her to under-par for the tournament.
“I'm really happy with my game and how I played. I felt like my game's been really strong for a while, and I was gutted when coronavirus kicked in because it started in Australia with a couple of Top 10s and I was trending well. It was pretty tough, actually, for golf to be completely taken away but we're just so fortunate that we've got great people like Paul Lawrie and Martin Gilbert doing so much for the Scottish game for all these years.”
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A big move from Emily Kristine Pedersen in the Race To Costa Del Sol
Emily Kristine Pedersen has shot to the summit of the LET’s Race to Costa del Sol after securing a joint runner-up finish in the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club.
The 24-year-old Dane, who finished T50, T37 and T7 in the Geoff King Motors Australian Ladies Classic, Women’s New South Wales Open and Investec Women’s South African Open respectively earlier this season, started the final round five shots behind the overnight leader Azahara Muñoz from Spain, but carded a sublime back nine of 33 in a final round of three-under 68 to get into a four-way play-off with Muñoz, Cheyenne Knight and eventual winner, Stacy Lewis, from the United States, on a 72-hole total of five-under-par.
Pedersen, who won her sole title on the LET at the 2015 Hero Women’s Indian Open, in the same year that she was the LET Rookie of the Year, climbed 24 positions to take her points total to 230.28.
The 2017 European Solheim Cup player is on a bit of a roll. After a couple of frustrating seasons, she won a men’s professional event on the ECCO Tour in Denmark and she also won an amateur event on the Danish Golf Union’s Elite Amateur Tour during lockdown. She has returned from the break in blistering form and full of confidence.
Meanwhile, Azahara Muñoz entered the Race in fourth position, which puts her in prime position to contend for the inaugural title when the final stop, the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino, takes place at her home club, Real Club de Golf Guadalmina, located in the Malaga town of San Pedro de Alcántara. The Solheim Cup star became the first Spanish player to win the national Open when the tournament last took place at her home club, in 2017.
With a tie for 12th, Scotland’s Kylie Henry climbed nine places, moving from 15th to 6th position on the Race to Costa del Sol official rankings.
Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen shot a six-under-par 65 in the final round for the best 18-hole score of the week to tie for fifth place in Scotland and she entered the Race in seventh position.
Another big mover was Dutchwoman Anne van Dam, who climbed 11 places from 21st into 10th following T5th in the Australian Ladies Classic and T22nd in the Scottish Open.
The biggest mover in the Race, however, was Eleanor Givens, who climbed 60 positions from 111th to 51st following a tie for 33rd in the Scottish Open. With her performance, she qualified for the AIG Women’s Open next week and will have another opportunity to make further gains when the first women’s major of the year takes place at Royal Troon.