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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 156
ARTIS COMES FROM THE CLOUDS A STUNNING final-round 66 propelled Rebecca Artis to a victory over the stars at the Ladies European Tour’s Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open. The 26-year-old from Coonabarabran in rural NSW came from six strokes behind World No.7 Suzann Pettersen by shooting the low round of the tournament in blustery, drizzly conditions at Troon’s Dundonald Links. World No.2 Lydia Ko was among Artis’ pursuers, finishing five strokes behind in a tie for fourth. It was a second LET title for Artis, who won in similar conditions at the Helsingborg Open in Sweden two years ago when she came from five shots behind Caroline Hedwall with a last- round 69. “Sometimes you fight all your life to try and get that first win and sometimes the on the moneylist and moves within sight of the top-ten that earn automatic LPGA cards at the end of the season. “This is so sweet, I am so stoked and this is just unbelievable,” Elliott said. MORE > __ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ HOT HAND LANDS LEXI MEIJER LPGA TITLE EIGHT birdies in a closing 65 gave Lexi Thompson a one-stroke victory at the Meijer LPGA Classic as the 20-year- old dashes to Scotland for the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Thompson claimed her fifth LPGA title by a stroke from Gerina Piller and overnight leader Lizette Salas at Blythefield Country Club in Michigan, along with a US$300,000 cheque. “It feels amazing,” Thompson said. “It still hasn’t really hit me yet because everything happened so fast. But it was a great day out there and we had perfect weather for it, so I couldn’t ask for anything more.” Her eighth and final birdie at the 15th hole pushed Thompson to 19-under and two clear of Piller and Salas until she dropped a shot at the 17th to fall to 18-under. When neither pursuer could muster a birdie at the closing hole, a stress-free par was enough to seal the win. “Really the whole day I was just trying to play my own game,” Thompson said. “I was just trying to focus on my own second win is maybe even harder,” Artis said. MORE > ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ __ CONSISTENT ELLIOTT COUNTING THE GREEN SPORTING green hair and outlasting a competitor named Augusta, Breanna Elliott took the first title of her pro career with a one-shot victory at the Symetra Tour’s Fuccillo Kia Championship in New York. Elliott shot a closing 69 to finish at 13-under at Capital Hills Golf Club, banking US$15,000 and driving off in a new Kia Optima LX, the first time such a bonus prize has gone to a winner on the developmental tour. “My new Kia, this is amazing,” Elliott said. “I’ve been driving a rental all year and this car is definitely the cherry on top.” The Victorian jumped from 78th to 23rd game, focus on my pre-shot routine and having fun in between shots and I think that’s what helped me shoot 6-under today.” MORE> ____ ______ ______ ______ ______ ____ FOX HANGS ON IN FRANCE KIWI Ryan Fox fought gallantly on the last day before polishing off a wire-to- wire maiden European Challenge Tour victory at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge in France. Feeding off a creditable made cut at the Open Championship at St Andrews, Fox blistered the PGA France du Vaudreuil course with a 9-under 62 in the first round and still led by three shots with 18 holes to play. Matters became more difficult with the finish line in sight, however, as Fox needed to birdie the 72nd hole for a closing 73 and a one- shot victory over local Thomas Linard, who shot 71. “It was a tough day,” said Fox. MORE> TRAPS AROUND the From the name that’s always delivered distance through speed, comes the first fairway woods we’ve ever made with driver-like launch conditons. The name says it all. TaylorMadeGolf.com.au © 2015 Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc. #1 Fairway in Golf claim based on combined 2014 wins and usage on the PGA, European,Japan Golf, Web.com, Champions and LPGA Tours, as reported by the Darrell Survey Co. and Sports Marketing Surveys, Inc.
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