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Tania Elosegui of Spain has come from two strokes back to win the ABN AMRO Ladies Open at Eindhovensche Golf Club.

Tania Elosegui of Spain come back from a two stroke deficit to win the ABN AMRO Ladies Open at Eindhovensche Golf Club in the Netherlands on Sunday.

A third and final round of 69 on a drizzly day gave her a nine-under-par total and edged her one shot clear of Italy’s overnight leader Diana Luna and three in front of Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord who was third

The 27-year-old Spaniard’s victory followed five runner-up finishes in her four years on the Ladies European Tour.

“I feel very, very happy because five times I’ve finished second already,” she said.

Elosegui closed her winning third and final round with a two-and-a-half metre birdie putt at the last after telling herself: “You have to hole this; you’re not going to finish second again.”

Luna, who posted a final round of 72, was tied with Elosegui after 53 holes, but she hit her second shot into the front right greenside bunker on 18 and despite an excellent sand save, she was forced to settle for second.

Skarpnord, the recent Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open champion, was five shots back coming into Sunday’s final round and although her charge put pressure on the leaders, she failed to make use of all of her chances.

Welsh star Becky Brewerton, who was tied for 16th place overnight, carded an excellent 66 which tied England’s Rebecca Hudson’s best score of the day and gave the Welsh star a share of fourth place with fellow Solheim Cup star Iben Tinning of Denmark.

“I played really well. I had lots of chances,” said Brewerton, the 2007 English Open winner.

“I think if I could have birdied the two par fives on the back nine, I definitely would have had a chance, but it’s nice just to have a good week and get some confidence back again.”

Marieke Nivard of the Netherlands finished as the leading amateur in equal 14th place and was also the best placed local.

THE TOP 10 LEADERBOARD
207 Tania Elosegui (ESP) 70 68 69
208 Diana Luna (ITA) 66 70 72
210 Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)67 74 69
211 Becky Brewerton (WAL)71 74 66, Jade Schaeffer (FRA) 73 72 66
212 Iben Tinning (DEN) 70 74 68, Veronica Zorzi (ITA)72 69 71 »»
213 Rebecca Hudson (ENG) 74 73 66, Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (FRA) 73 72 68, Stefania Croce (ITA) 70 71 72

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