Rebecca Artis came so close to winning on home soil, but a birdie on the last by China’s Yanhong Pan saw her take out the inaugural Australia Classic being played at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in Sydney.
On a day when the lead changed several times, it was NSW’s Artis who came to the 18th in the box seat, after hitting a superb shot into the 17th, she sank the birdie putt to take the outright lead at 14-under-par. A poor tee shot on the tough 18th saw her with a long approach in. Pan on the other hand hit a solid tee shot and followed it up with a great approach into 12 feet.
Artis missed her par putt and it left Pan with the opportunity to win outright, otherwise a playoff was on the cards. The four time winner on the CLPGA held her nerve and sank the putt to secure the win.
Pan finished the tournament at 14-under-par after rounds of 68, 65 and 69. Artis finished runner-up at 13-under-par, while another Chinese player, Zipi Ye finished outright third a further three shots back. First round co-leader Sarah Oh was fourth, while Nikki Campbell shared fifth place with Malaysia’s Michelle Koh.
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