Lee-Anen back on top of LET money list
A closing 66 saw South African Lee-Anne Pace win the Sanya Ladies Open and go top again on the LET money list.
A final-round 66 saw South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace win the Sanya Ladies Open on Sunday and go back to the top of the Ladies European Tour money list.
The 29-year-old’s 11-under-par tournament total at Yalong Bay Golf Club was enough to take her to a one-stroke victory over two-round leader Stefanie Michl and to hoist her past England’s Laura Davies to the top of the money list.
Michl led by two shots from England’s Florentyna Parker after Saturday’s third round and Pace was two shots further back, but four birdies on the front nine saw the South African move into a share of top spot.
Michl responded with three straight birdies from the 12th, but then bogeyed the 15th and was made to pay as Pace quickly tied things up with a birdie.
When the 24-year-old Austrian missed the final green, Pace was left with two putts to secure her fourth title of the year.
“I can’t believe it. I’m a little bit overwhelmed,” she said. “I didn’t quite expect to win today, but I wanted to make a little bit of a chase, which I did, so I’m just over the moon.”
“It was a tight finish. I was still a couple of shots behind and she had three birdies in a row and then I missed my birdie putt, so she was two ahead, and then fortunately I made a bunker save on 15, which was good.”
Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum shot 67 to finish third on eight under, one shot ahead of Australian Nikki Garrett. Parker slipped into a four-way tie for fifth, which also included Scotland’s Vikki Laing, after a 73. Spain’s Belen Mozo provided the highlight of the final day’s play with a hole-in-one at the third.
Pace will have the chance to further stretch her lead over Davies, which currently stands at almost 26,000 euros (£23,000), in next week’s Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open as the English veteran skips the event.
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