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Golf Australia Express : Issue 6
THERE was Suzann Pettersen, and then there was daylight. And then a bit more daylight. If the Norwegian’s nine- under 63 and course record in Saturday’s second round didn’t convince the pundits of her claims on the Irish Open title, the eight-under 64 the following day might have turned them. The World No.3 was peerless as she romped to 18-under in the three-round event, six shots clear of second-placed Spaniard Azahara Munoz Guijarro and seven ahead of Melissa Reid and Alison Walshe in third. Signing off on her second win in four years at the event after saluting at Portmarnock Links in 2008, Pettersen said the Killeen Castle conditions suited her game. “It’s been a great week. It’s been a short week,” she said. “I just really like the way this course is playing, a little bit firmer. I played great with my putter and it was really nice and hot.” The 30-year-old’s main challenge was expected to come from Dutchwoman Dewi Claire Schreefel, who started the day tied for the lead but posted a disastrous five-over 77 to fall all the way back to 16th after a triple bogey, and several double bogeys throughout her round. In truth though, no one was going to get near Pettersen as she set about demolishing the layout for a second straight day, this time racking up four birdies on the way out and another four on the return journey. There was no luck for the Irish, with the home nation’s best finishers coming from two amateurs—twins, to be precise. Leona Maguire had three consistent rounds to finish one-over, while her sister Lisa showed glimpses of Leona’s talent in the second round with a 68, but blew out with a 79 on Sunday to finish a further stroke back. Karen Lunn was the best placed Australian, closing with a one-under 71 to finish in a five-way tie for sixth at eight-under. The only other Australian in action, Nikki Garrett, struggled despite a 68 in the second round, grabbing a share of 29th place at even par. OTG “I PLAYED GREAT WITH MY PUTTER AND IT WAS REALLY NICE AND HOT.” — Suzann Pettersen, 2011 Ladies irish Open champion WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE LET WRAP THE FINAL STANDINGS 1 SUZANN PETTERSEN NOR -18 €60,000 2 AZAHARA MUNOZ ESP -12 €40,600 T3 MELISSA REID ENG -11 €24,800 T3 ALISON WALSHE USA -11 €24,800 5 GIULIA SERGAS ITA -9 €16,960 T6 ASHLEIGH SIMON RSA -9 €10,592 T6 CATRIONA MATTHEW SCO -8 €10,592 T6 KAREN LUNN AUS -8 €10,592 T6 JULIETA GRANADA PAR -8 €10,592 T6 MARIA HJORTH SWE -8 €10,592 NO LUCK NEEDED