Aussie Artis breaks through in Sweden
In her third season on the Ladies European Tour, NSW’s Rebecca Artis has broken through for her maiden Ladies European Tour title with a come from behind victory in the Helsingborg Open in Sweden.
The 24-year-old had rounds of 69, 71, 71 and 69 to post a winning total of 280, eight-under-par, ending a stroke ahead of overnight leader and European Solheim Cup star Caroline Hedwall at the Vasatorps Golf Club.
Rebecca Artis (Credit: Ladies European Tour)
“It was a great day out there. I played solid golf all day and to walk away with a win is unbelievable,” said Artis, “I just had to go out there and play steady early and see if I could make a couple of birdies early on.”
Artis, one of many of the Australian girls on the LET with their husband/partners on the bag, was optimistic about her chances this week after some recent good form.
“When I came here, I said to my husband (Geoff) that I thought it was a great golf course. I’d heard it could get windy around here and I thought if it got windy and I was hitting the ball as well as I had been doing I could definitely give it a chance.”
“We get wind in Australia, it depends where you are, but I like playing in the wind, I enjoy tough conditions and go out there and grind it out.”
“I knew that I had to go out there and make some birdies early on and put some pressure on the leaders. I put myself into contention going into the back nine and knew that if the conditions were like they were the first three days and windy, that anything could happen out there.”
The win capped a solid six weeks for Artis, logging top ten finishes although it could have been three but for a back injury that forced her withdrawal at the Pilsen Golf Masters when she was in sixth place.
Artis earned €37,500 for the win and earned entry to the lucrative Evian Championship in France next week, the final major of the year.
Artis made her move on Hedwall with four birdies in five holes from the seventh, tying for the lead after 10 holes and moving two clear after 11 as Hedwall stumbled through the middle of the round.
When Artis holed from seven feet for birdie on 17, she moved three ahead and although Hedwall also birdied 17, it seemed too little too late as Artis hit her approach shot to 12 feet on the final hole.
However, Artis three-putted to give Hedwall one final chance of forcing a tie but the Swede could only make par to end in second place.
Frenchwoman Valentine Derrey earned her career best finish in three years on the LET with outright third while Order of Merit leader, South African Lee-Anne Pace, was two strokes further back in outright fourth.
NSW’s Nikki Garrett was the next best placed Australian in tied 13th, followed by Stephanie Na (T19), Sarah Kemp (T40) and Nikki Campbell and Whitney Hillier (T48).