Skarpnord denies Davies
Marianne Skarpnord defeated Laura Davies in a play-off to clinch her second Ladies European Tour victory at the Italian Open.
Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord rolled in a six-foot birdie putt at the third extra hole to clinch her second Ladies European Tour victory at the Italian Open in Milan.
The 23-year-old defeated England’s Laura Davies, having holed a 35ft eagle putt at the 18th hole in regulation to force the play-off.
The pair shared the overnight lead and carded matching final rounds of 69 to finish on 12 under par at Golf Club Le Rovedine.
Skarpnord went to the turn in 39 and was six behind Davies with nine holes to play but wiped out the deficit with four birdies and an eagle for an inward nine of 30.
She explained how her boyfriend, who is also her caddie, helped her produce some of the best golf of her life.
“I played good on the back nine every day,” Skarpnord said. “When we turned at the ninth and I was three over, Petter said, ‘Okay the back nine is your host, we can play great there’. I like the holes and I did.”
Davies, who was two ahead with one to play, could only manage a par at the 18th in regulation after her second shot found a bunker short of the green.
Any attempts to avenge her play-off defeat to Swede Linda Wessberg in Austria five weeks ago also failed as she missed putts to win at the first two extra holes.
“I played great today. I hit one bad shot on number six and had a double bogey. After that I played great again,” said Davies.
“It’s a cruel loss to be honest with you. It’s very disappointing. The whole year has been very disappointing but what can you do.”
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