Tinning goes out with a bang
Iben Tinning has marked her farewell from the Ladies European Tour with victory at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.
Iben Tinning marked her farewell from the Ladies European Tour with victory at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on Saturday.
The 36-year-old Dane birdied the par-five last to finish 11 under for the tournament to clinch her first success on the tour since September 2005 – the year when she was Europe’s number one having won three titles.
Tinning had already stated this would be her swansong event, and after holing the birdie putt she embraced husband Lasse.
The Dane birdied at the seventh, 10th and 11th before a bogey at the par-three 15th opened the door for a potential challenge from Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and England’s Melissa Reid.
However, Tinning’s birdie at 18 ensured a winning margin of two from Nordqvist, while Reid missed out on a share of second with a bogey on the last.
Tinning told Sky Sports: “It’s just crazy. Right now it’s sinking in and it’s just an amazing feeling. To finish off with a birdie, I was shaking over that putt and trying to get control of myself. But I made it and it’s fabulous, it’s crazy.
“Me and my sports psychologist have been working hard to finish off this year on a high and I must say we really made it through and I’m so proud of us and the whole crew I have behind me. It’s just amazing really.”
Another Englishwoman, Florentyna Parker, shot a 68 for a share of fourth alongside American Christina Kim while Michelle Wie of the United States shot the best round of the day with five birdies in a 67 to finish in a tie for fifth with defending champion Kim In-kyung of South Korea.
South African Lee-Ann Pace secured the tour’s Order of Merit title despite an 11-over 299 over the Majlis course at the Emirates Golf Club.
Laura Davies needed to finish in the top two to unseat Pace at the top of the money list but finished in a tie for 19th. Davies’ challenge was all-but over after a three-over-par 75 on the first day.
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