EMILY KRIS­TINE PED­ER­SEN wins maiden ti­tle in In­dia

Den­mark’s Emily Kris­tine Ped­er­sen led from start to fin­ish to claim her first pro­fes­sional ti­tle at the Hero Women’s In­dian Open held at Gur­gaon, In­dia on Oc­to­ber 25th 2015.

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The Ladies Euro­pean Tour rookie shot a clos­ing 73 on the chal­leng­ing ‘Black Knight’ Course at DLF Golf and Coun­try Club in Gur­gaon to fin­ish on 216, level par, one ahead of fel­low Dane Ma­lene Jor­gensen, Becky Mor­gan from Wales and Cheyenne Woods of the United States. Eng­land’s Liz Young ended in fifth spot, with Ital­ian Gi­u­lia Ser­gas in sixth.

“It’s amaz­ing and I’m so happy. The course has been a big chal­lenge for us. My game has been very good, very steady. I didn’t make any huge mis­takes. I kept fo­cused all day,” said Emily af­ter the La­coste Ladies Open de France last month. “I made a bogey on 17, three putted and I was kind of get­ting a flash back and I’m so happy it didn’t hap­pen again and I could win. I was think­ing about the play-off af­ter 17 but my cad­die Mikey Curry kept me go­ing and fo­cused on my own shots.”

Emily started the last round one ahead of the field but three putted for a bogey on the first hole be­fore Woods took the out­right lead af­ter three birdies in her first six holes.

Emily hit her ap­proach shot to three me­tres on the par-5 eighth hole and two putted for a birdie to get back into a share of the

lead on one un­der. Cheyenne then birdied 11 be­fore Emily matched her, hit­ting a 9-iron in to the green and mak­ing a four me­tre putt.

Both play­ers bo­geyed 14, but Emily pulled one back at the 15th to reach two un­der. Cheyenne then struck a fan­tas­tic iron shot up to six feet from the flag on the treach­er­ous 17th green and her birdie putt barely missed the edge.

Af­ter Emily bo­geyed 17, Cheyenne was in the joint lead un­til she dou­ble bo­geyed the par-5 18th. She ex­plained: “I hit it in the bunker, my drive went too far through the fair­way. Be­cause of where the ball was I had to fade it in or­der to keep it in the fair­way and once I faded it, it went a lit­tle too far, hit the cart path and went into the bush. The only op­tion I had was to take an un­playable and go back. I went back, put it back in play and hit it on the green and two putt.”

It was then be­tween Emily and Becky, who both matched each other with bo­geys on the fi­nal hole. Faced with a down­hill putt of 10 feet for par, Emily was so ner­vous that her hands were shak­ing. “That’s why I stepped back, be­cause I couldn’t feel my hands and I was too afraid to hit it,” she said.

Becky, who left a four foot birdie putt on the edge of the hole on 17, said: “I had a re­ally good chance on the last two holes so I’m a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed. I’m fairly happy with the way I played, I just left some putts out there that didn’t get to the hole. I hit it pretty straight so I feel like there are a few cour­ses on the Euro­pean Tour that suit me like Pilsen and here. It’s okay fin­ish­ing sec­ond but I wish I’d have won.”

It was another podium fin­ish for Ma­lene, who was third when fel­low Dane Ni­cole Broch Larsen won the hels­ing­borg Open last month. “It’s sec­ond this time in­stead of third, so one step closer. I strug­gled with my swing at the be­gin­ning of the week so I’m ac­tu­ally quite happy to fin­ish sec­ond. It was so close out there,” she said.

With her win, Emily moved up to sev­enth on the LET Or­der of Merit and first on the Rookie of the year stand­ings, ahead of com­pa­triot Nanna Ko­er­stz Mad­sen of Den­mark.

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