Date: October 27, 2013
Author: ALPG

Pace wins in playoff, Campbell 9th

South African Lee-Anne Pace secured her third LET event of the year when she won the Sanya Ladies open in a playoff on Sunday. Pace, who started the day one shot behind the overnight leader Ye Na Chung, carded a final round of two-under to finish at 13-under-par and tied with China s Yu Yang Zhang who flew home with a seven-under-par 65. However, the 32-year-old from Mossel Bay sunk a downhill 20 foot putt on first playoff hole to secure her eighth LET title in her career. It was Pace s second Santa Ladies Open win after winning the inaugural event in 2010. When asked about her putt on the playoff hole, she explained It was downhill, down grain, about a cup left and Brutal, my caddie, said to me, You ve got to feel this one in, and I did. I made a good stroke so I m really happy it went in. About winning for the second time, Amazing. I love it here. It’s a really nice feeling to come back and win here again. It wasn t smooth sailing for the South African, she got off to a rocky start, I started off a bit shaky today. I hit a few loose shots in the beginning and then I birdied immediately afterwards which was good, I got it back, then she made a birdie so I was two behind and hit it to a metre and a half on that fifth hole. It was a tough shot, a hybrid, but I missed the putt so I was still two behind. I made two birdies in a row and I just started playing really well. After birdies on the 15th and 16th Pace had built a one stroke lead and it seemed like she had the title in her hands. However, a three putt on the 17th tied it up again. A par on the 18th ensured that the two players would finish at 13-under-par and a playoff would decide the champion. Pace sunk her birdie putt on the first playoff hole and the young Chinese player couldn’t match her. Chung finished outright third at 12-under, with Swede Linda Wessberg and Chinese amateur Yu Ting Shi in fourth place. It was a pretty good week for the Australians. First round leader Nikki Campbell fired a final round of 69 to finish at six-under-par and outright ninth, while Kristie Smith (73) finished a further shot back and tied for 10th. Alison Whitaker (75) posted a top 20 finish, when she finished tied for 17th at four-under-par. Frances Bondad (72) finished tied for 22nd at three-under, while Stephanie Na (70) and Sarah Kemp (74) were at two-under and tied for 35th position. Stacey Keating finished at one-under-par and tie for 44th after a closing 73.