Burke wins Tipsport Golf Masters, Artis 11th
England’s Hannah Burke fired a bogey-free final round of seven-under 64 to come from four shots behind and claim her first Ladies European Tour trophy at the Tipsport Golf Masters in the Czech Republic.
Rounds of 68-68-64 for a total of 200, 13-under par gave the 27-year-old from Welwyn Garden City a two stroke victory over overnight co-leader Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark.
Hannah Burke (Credit: LET)
Fellow second round leader Becky Morgan from Wales dropped into a share of third position with rookie Swede Lina Boqvist on 10-under par.
Broch Larsen was two strokes clear after three birdies in her first seven holes but collapsed with a triple bogey seven on the par-four 16th from which she could not recover.
Waiting on the nearby terrace with some of the Pilsner sponsor’s product in front of her, Burke celebrated victory with a drenching in beer from her friends.
“I’m absolutely lost for words. I didn’t really focus too much on winning. I had a little goal set each day and went out to achieve them and I’ve come out on top, so it feels good,” said Burke.
“I missed my goal yesterday, because I double bogeyed the last, but it was to have no bogeys in 18 holes.”
“Today, I had seven birdies and no bogeys so I managed my goal. I played very consistent. I only missed one green and putted well. Seven birdies is a good way to get on top.”
A tearful Broch Larsen, 22, struggled to come to grips with her demise on the 16th, which included a trip to a fairway bunker and criss-crossing the green with chip shots en route to a triple bogey.
“I was going for making my par instead of just playing it out to the fairway and seeing if I could make four from there. Instead of five, I made seven and pars from there so it was just one hole.”
Scottish Open champion Rebecca Artis was Australia’s leading player once again, tied for 11th at eight-under par, ahead of Whitney Hillier (T18th) and Sarah Kemp (T40th). Artis remains in fourth position on the 2015 Order of Merit behind leader, Melissa Reid.
The Ladies European Tour breaks for three weeks ahead of the Helsingborg Open in Sweden from September 3-6, the event where Artis claimed her maiden victory on the Ladies European Tour in 2013.