Linn it is but a win cannot be Grant-ed

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It was a slow start to the final round for Linn Grant who bogeyed her second hole and then made a double bogey on the fifth, before bouncing back. Mark Runnacles/LET
It was a slow start to the final round for Linn Grant who bogeyed her second hole and then made a double bogey on the fifth, before bouncing back. Mark Runnacles/LET

Sweden’s Linn Grant rounded off an excellent week in France producing a final round of 72 to win the Terre Blanche Ladies Open by four shots.

Heading into the final day, the 22-year-old held a six-shot lead after rounds of 68 (-4) and 66 (-6) on her first two days.

It was a slow start to the round for Grant who bogeyed her second hole and then made a double bogey on the fifth, but she bounced back with a birdie on the seventh.

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The former Arizona State University player began her back nine in style with an eagle on the 10th and birdied 13, before dropping shots on 15 and 17.

However, a final birdie on 18 ensured she produced a level-par final round to finish on 10-under-par and win her first tournament as a professional.

 

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In second place was Danish amateur Amalie Leth-Nissen, who shot a final round of 69 (-3) to be four shots behind Grant.

The Junior Solheim Cup winner had an excellent front nine with four birdies and one bogey, before making another birdie on 10 and then dropping a shot on 17 to finish on six-under-par for the week.

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“My game was pretty solid throughout the whole round, and I started well. I placed myself in a good position and was -4 after 8 holes, but unfortunately I made a bogey on the ninth after being in the water,” said Leth-Nissen. “The last holes were a combination of being close to the birdie but also having to fight for my par, but in the end, it was a great round.

“It was a beautiful course and venue with so many volunteers making the tournament a success. I had a good time with the professionals during the three rounds and it was nice to see that I can compete on LETAS – even though Linn was in a league of her own this week!”

Belgian Charlotte De Corte finished in third place on four-under-par after producing rounds of 72, 69 and 71 at Golf de Terre Blanche, while Scotland’s Rachael Taylor ended the tournament in fourth place after a final round of 70.

Two players were T5 on one-under-par including England’s Lily May Humphreys, who has climbed back to the top of the Order of Merit, and Belgian amateur Savannah De Bock, who was also a winning member of this year’s European PING Junior Solheim Cup team.

Rounding out the top ten on even par were four players: Spain’s Maria Herraez Galvez, France’s Emilie Alonso, England’s Gemma Clews and Russia’s Nina Pegova.

Another top-ten result means with one event remaining, Pegova has secured her card for the 2022 LET season.

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