Pace set to be No1 in Europe

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - GRANT WIN­TER

BY HER OWN high stan­dards, a third round 74 was not what South African golfer Lee-Anne Pace might have been hop­ing for yes­ter­day in the end-of­sea­son Dubai Ladies Masters.

But it was al­most cer­tainly enough to en­sure the Or­der of Merit on t he 2010 Ladies Euro­pean Tour goes the way of the birdie queen from Mos­sel Bay.

Pace, who has won five times on tour this year, is on three-over-par 219 through 54 holes and shar­ing 29th place with Laura Davies, Eng­land’s for­mer world No 1 and her clos­est chal­lenger in the Or­der of Merit race.

Davies needs to fin­ish first, sec­ond or third here and hope Pace makes noth­ing or next to noth­ing money-wise, if she is to over­haul the South African.

But since they are 11 strokes off the lead that isn’t go­ing to hap­pen and to­day, surely, will be a day of cel­e­bra­tion for Pace as she is con­firmed as Europe’s No 1 for 2010, and, in fact, the first South African to be ac­corded this hon­our.

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