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Round 3 - Pedersen claims first LET title

October 25, 2015
Emily Pedersen, Hero Women's Indian Open 2015

Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen led from start to finish to claim her first professional title at the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

The Ladies European Tour rookie shot a closing 73 on the challenging ‘Black Knight’ Course at DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon to finish on 216, level par, one ahead of fellow Dane Malene Jorgensen, Becky Morgan from Wales and Cheyenne Woods of the United States. England’s Liz Young ended in fifth spot, with Italian Giulia Sergas in sixth.

“It’s amazing and I’m so happy. The course has been a big challenge for us. My game has been very good, very steady. I didn’t make any huge mistakes. I kept focused all day,” said Pedersen, 19, who was denied her first win when she lost out in a playoff to Celine Herbin at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France last month.

“I made a bogey on 17, three putted and I was kind of getting a flash back and I’m so happy it didn’t happen again and I could win. I was thinking about the play-off after 17 but my caddie Mikey Curry kept me going and focused on my own shots.”

Pedersen started the last round one ahead of the field but three putted for a bogey on the first hole before Woods took the outright lead after three birdies in her first six holes.

Pedersen hit her approach shot to three metres on the par-5 eighth hole and two putted for a birdie to get back into a share of the lead on one under. Woods then birdied 11 before Pedersen matched her, hitting a 9-iron in to the green and making a four metre putt.

Both players bogeyed 14, but Pedersen pulled one back at the 15th to reach two under. Woods then struck a fantastic iron shot up to six feet from the flag on the treacherous 17th green and her birdie putt barely missed the edge.

After Pedersen bogeyed 17, Woods was in the joint lead until she double bogeyed the par-5 18th. She explained: “I hit it in the bunker, my drive went too far through the fairway. Because of where the ball was I had to fade it in order to keep it in the fairway and once I faded it, it went a little too far, hit the cart path and went into the bush. The only option I had was to take an unplayable and go back. I went back, put it back in play and hit it on the green and two putt.”

It was then between Pedersen and Morgan, who both matched each other with bogeys on the final hole. Faced with a downhill putt of 10 feet for par, Pedersen was so nervous that her hands were shaking. “That’s what I stepped back, because I couldn’t feel my hands and I was too afraid to hit it,” she said.

Morgan, who left a four foot birdie putt on the edge of the hole on 17, said: “I had a really good chance on the last two holes so I’m a little bit disappointed. I’m fairly happy with the way I played, I just left some putts out there that didn’t get to the hole. I hit it pretty straight so I feel like there are a few courses on the European Tour that suit me like Pilsen and here. It’s okay finishing second but I wish I’d have won.”

It was another podium finish for Jorgensen, who was third when fellow Dane Nicole Broch Larsen won the Helsingborg Open last month. “It’s second this time instead of third, so one step closer. I struggled with my swing at the beginning of the week so I’m actually quite happy to finish second. It was so close out there,” she said.

With her win, Pedersen moved up to seventh on the LET Order of Merit and first on the Rookie of the Year standings, ahead of compatriot Nanna Koerstz Madsen of Denmark. Her winning score, of level par, is the highest on the LET since Raquel Carriedo won the 2002 Tenerife Ladies Open at Golf del Sur.

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Round 2 - Fantastic second round for Pedersen

October 24, 2015
Emily Pedersen, R2 Hero Women's Indian Open 2015

Denmark’s Emily Pedersen fired a fantastic second round of one over par 73 on the challenging Black Knight Course at DLF Golf and Country Club on Saturday to keep her lead at the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

Playing in hot conditions, the 19-year-old Ladies European Tour rookie professional set the target at one under par in the morning.

Her nearest rival, Becky Morgan from Wales, then shot 71 to lie just one behind heading into the final round, with Denmark’s Malene Jorgensen third on one over.

Pedersen is playing in India for the first time and has mastered her precision shots into the challenging greens. She had one birdie in her second round, on the par-5 fourth, where she made a five metre putt, but there were six other chances from inside three metres on the first, seventh, ninth, 11th, 13th and 18th holes.

“It could have been better but I’m happy with my score. My game was much better than yesterday. I just didn’t hole the putts,” said Pedersen, who narrowly missed out on a play-off victory at last month’s Lacoste Ladies Open de France.

“My approach was just the same: keep to the same game plan as yesterday. I hit a lot of good shots, 12 fairways and 14 greens. I didn’t hole a lot of putts. All pins are tough on those greens but I think the LET staff and the tournament direction is good at putting pins in the best positions.”

Pedersen suggested that her caddie, Mikey Curry, might be a good luck charm, although this is their third tournament working together. “It’s funny that his name is Curry when we’re in India!” she added.

Both are in India for the first time and enjoying the local culinary delights. “I like the food, it’s much better than I expected,” continued Pedersen.

With 15 years on Tour, Morgan is a consistent performer but also yet to clinch her first win. Her accurate wedge play is an advantage on the challenging course and she had four birdies and three bogeys in her second round.

Jorgensen, who has been dining with Pedersen all week, is also targeting her first victory and she was tied for the lead with two holes to play until she hit her second shot into the water on the eighth, resulting in a double bogey.

She said: “I played very good today and my putter was hot so I’m happy with my round. I hit the ball close and my putter was good. That was the secret.”

Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom was also tied for the lead early in the round but came unstruck with a double bogey on the difficult par-4 17th.

She said: “I was on the left side of the green and took four more to get down. It’s a tough hole. 17 is the hole where you hope you can get out with a reasonable score. You could have a birdie chance, but it’s hard to make it. I think it’s one of the holes that you try to survive somehow.”

Wikstrom is tied for fourth with Finland’s Minea Blomqvist, England’s Liz Young, Thailand’s Nontaya Srisawang and Cheyenne Woods of the United States, who had an impressive three under par 69.

Woods said: “Today I kept the ball in play. Yesterday I had a few errant drives that got me into trouble. I also was able to hit 17 greens today so I had a lot more chances for birdie and had four in total, which definitely helped. It’s tough to make birdies out here because the greens are tough, so I played well and I’m happy.”

Italian Giulia Sergas, who was tied for the lead on one under par after 17 holes, said she was “about to chew someone’s head off” after she took a triple bogey eight on the par-5 18th. She is tied for ninth with Thailand’s Saraporn Chamchoi on three over par and said: “It was just the wrong club, wrong decision with the first shot and second shot. I’m now plus three, so you never know. If it happened to me it could happen to anybody.”

There was joy and despair for Thai professional Muangkhumsakul Kanphanitnan who aced the fifth, as unfortunately it was not the designated hole where an Omega watch is available.

Round 1 - Pedersen takes Indian lead after rough start

October 23, 2015
Emily Pedersen, R1 Hero Women's Indian Open 2015

Denmark’s 19-year-old rookie professional Emily Pedersen showed the way at the Hero Women’s Indian Open with an opening round of two-under-par 70 on the brand new ‘Black Knight’ Course at DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon.

At the end of a scorching day, the first year Ladies European Tour player made a two-foot putt for birdie on the par-four ninth hole in near darkness to take a one stroke lead over Thailand’s Sarapon Chamchoi and Italy’s Giulia Sergas.

“I’m very happy with finishing minus two. I had a rough start, starting with hitting one in the bushes and made a four by making a chip,” said Pedersen, who started on the 10th and played the more difficult back nine in level par 36 before picking up shots on the sixth and ninth holes.

“It started up and down, didn’t hit my irons well but my chipping and short game was good. On my back nine (the front) I only missed one fairway and had lots of birdie chances. The back nine is very tough. You have to place every shot on every hole and the greens are very tough as well. My putting and short game was good and that’s what kept me in the game.”

Sergas, a member of Europe’s victorious 2013 Solheim Cup team, managed to play the testing back nine in one under par with birdies on 16 and 18 against a dropped shot on 14. The 36-year-old from Trieste is enjoying her first visit to India and said: “When I saw the course in the practice round I knew it was going to be difficult so I started to play today and I was very protective and took everything slow.

“It wasn’t a tough day but it was a tough course. There was no wind so it could have been even tougher. No wind, no rain and a perfect day.

“The bounces around the green, I would call it sometimes unfair, because they ping 30, 40 yards sometimes, but I had three birdies on number 16, 18 and two. The key is the long game, but it really is putting too. Thank God it’s three days, as you can get mentally exhausted.”

Chamchoi, 23, from Bangkok, was also delighted with her 71, which contained four birdies and three bogeys. The third year Ladies Asian Golf Tour member, who is coached by European Tour player Thongchai Jaidee, tied for third place in the 2013 tournament at Delhi Golf Club.

In joint fourth place are Minea Blomqvist of Finland and Germany’s Sophia Popov, on level par 72. All of the top five players played on the late side of the draw. The five players who shot 73 in the morning were later joined in a tie for sixth by Denmark’s Nanna Koertstz Madsen and England’s Liz Young in a share of sixth on one over par.

Madsen is currently leading a close race for the Ladies European Tour’s Rookie of the Year title by 18,910 euros over Pedersen, who has her eyes on the prize. “If I could finish top ten on the order of merit and win rookie of the year, it’s very high odds and I have to play really good, but that would be fantastic. I’m already very happy with my position now and my rookie year and I’m just enjoying the rest of the year,” Pedersen said.

Meanwhile amateur Aditi Ashok is the best placed of the Indian players in a share of 19th on three over par. One group did not finish due to darkness and will resume their first round at 6.45am local time on Saturday.

Scores

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 Total Score Prize Money
1 Emily Kristine PEDERSEN 70 73 73 E 216 € 53,256.15
2 Becky MORGAN 73 71 73 1 217 € 23,077.67
2 Malene JORGENSEN 73 72 72 1 217 € 23,077.67
2 Cheyenne WOODS 77 69 71 1 217 € 23,077.67
5 Liz YOUNG 73 73 72 2 218 € 12,781.48
6 Giulia SERGAS 71 76 73 4 220 € 11,006.27
7 Tanaporn KONGKIATKRAI 77 71 73 5 221 € 9,941.15
8 Ursula WIKSTROM 73 73 76 6 222 € 8,698.50
8 Kanphanitnan MUANGKHUMSAKUL 75 73 74 6 222 € 8,698.50
10 Sarah KEMP 76 76 71 7 223 € 7,988.42
10 Punpaka PHUNTUMABAMRUNG 78 70 75 7 223 € 7,988.42
12 Gwladys NOCERA 75 78 71 8 224 € 7,455.86
13 Sophia POPOV 72 76 77 9 225 € 6,745.78
13 Nontaya SRISAWANG 73 73 79 9 225 € 6,745.78
13 Klara SPILKOVA 74 75 76 9 225 € 6,745.78
13 Aditi ASHOK 75 73 77 9 225 N/A
17 Eleanor GIVENS 78 75 73 10 226 € 5,858.18
17 Valentine DERREY 80 73 73 10 226 € 5,858.18
17 Georgia HALL 79 72 75 10 226 € 5,858.18
20 Christine WOLF 75 77 75 11 227 € 4,661.69
20 Ann-Kathrin LINDNER 80 74 73 11 227 € 4,661.69
20 Minea BLOMQVIST 72 74 81 11 227 € 4,661.69
20 Alexandra VILATTE 76 76 75 11 227 € 4,661.69
20 Florentyna PARKER 76 75 76 11 227 € 4,661.69
20 Camilla LENNARTH 77 73 77 11 227 € 4,661.69
20 Noora TAMMINEN 76 78 73 11 227 € 4,661.69
20 Saraporn CHAMCHOI 71 76 80 11 227 € 4,661.69
20 Vani KAPOOR 79 73 75 11 227 € 4,661.69
20 Hyeon Seo KANG 74 78 75 11 227 € 4,661.69
30 Kelsey MACDONALD 76 75 77 12 228 € 3,142.11
30 Leigh WHITTAKER 79 75 74 12 228 € 3,142.11
30 Trish JOHNSON 79 74 75 12 228 € 3,142.11
30 Nanna Koerstz MADSEN 73 75 80 12 228 € 3,142.11
30 Cathryn BRISTOW 75 77 76 12 228 € 3,142.11
30 Pamela PRETSWELL 74 78 76 12 228 € 3,142.11
30 Dewi Claire SCHREEFEL 76 73 79 12 228 € 3,142.11
30 Melissa REID 76 77 75 12 228 € 3,142.11
30 Monique SMIT 78 75 75 12 228 € 3,142.11
30 Patcharajutar KONGKRAPHAN 82 67 79 12 228 € 3,142.11
40 Tonje DAFFINRUD 77 72 80 13 229 € 2,437.95
40 Katie BURNETT 73 78 78 13 229 € 2,437.95
40 Thi Nhung TANG 78 76 75 13 229 € 2,437.95
43 Stefania CROCE 81 71 78 14 230 € 2,201.25
44 Chloe LEURQUIN 75 81 75 15 231 € 1,988.23
44 Rebecca HUDSON 79 77 75 15 231 € 1,988.23
44 Laura MURRAY 76 76 79 15 231 € 1,988.23
44 Diana LUNA 79 76 76 15 231 € 1,988.23
44 Wanchana PORUANGRONG 78 73 80 15 231 € 1,988.23
49 Bree ARTHUR 77 79 76 16 232 € 1,775.21
50 Sophie SANDOLO 75 79 79 17 233 € 1,668.69
50 Margherita RIGON 75 81 77 17 233 € 1,668.69
52 Miriam NAGL 78 77 79 18 234 € 1,526.68
52 Marta SANZ BARRIO 77 77 80 18 234 € 1,526.68
54 Caroline AFONSO 77 78 80 19 235 € 1,313.65
54 Holly AITCHISON 74 78 83 19 235 € 1,313.65
54 Ye Seul LEE 74 81 80 19 235 € 1,313.65
54 Pennapa PULSAWATH 79 77 79 19 235 € 1,313.65
58 Maha HADDIOUI 81 74 81 20 236 € 1,153.88
58 Vikki LAING 78 74 84 20 236 € 1,153.88
60 Nattagate NIMITPONGKUL 77 77 83 21 237 € 1,082.88
60 Saaniya SHARMA 79 75 83 21 237 € 1,082.88
62 Smriti MEHRA 77 79 83 23 239 € 1,029.62
CUT
63 Victoria LOVELADY 76 81 13 157
63 Sophie WALKER 77 80 13 157
63 Amandeep DRALL 77 80 13 157
63 Stacey KEATING 82 75 13 157
63 Carly BOOTH 81 76 13 157
63 Ye-Nah HWANG 78 79 13 157
63 Wannasiri SIRISAMPANT 80 77 13 157
63 Senno YASUFUKU 82 75 13 157
71 Fabienne IN-ALBON 82 76 14 158
71 Paula HURTADO 82 76 14 158
71 Hannah BURKE 74 84 14 158
71 Titiya PLUCKSATAPORN 80 78 14 158
71 Whitney HILLIER 79 79 14 158
71 Janya MORRAKOTPHAN 79 79 14 158
71 Dolnapa PHUDTHIPINIJ 80 78 14 158
78 Isabelle BOINEAU 84 75 15 159
78 Prathamaporn ARIYAMATEPREECHA 81 78 15 159
78 Narisara KERDRIT 82 77 15 159
78 Sharmila NICOLLET 78 81 15 159
78 Tanya WADHWA 79 80 15 159
78 Vaishavi SINHA 81 78 15 159
84 Goonlacha PAIBOONPONG 78 82 16 160
84 Ainil BAKAR 80 80 16 160
84 Laura JANSONE 80 80 16 160
87 Kiran MATHARU 80 81 17 161
87 Bomi SUH 79 82 17 161
87 Ridhima DILAWARI 81 80 17 161
87 Neha TRIPATHI 82 79 17 161
91 Nicole GARCIA 79 83 18 162
91 Melanie MAETZLER 80 82 18 162
91 Gursimar BADWAL 78 84 18 162
94 Georgina SIMPSON 83 80 19 163
94 Tiranan YOOPAN 83 80 19 163
96 Tvesa MALIK 81 83 20 164
97 Ankita TIWANA 85 80 21 165
98 Nichakorn RAKASACHAT 83 84 23 167
98 Pimpadsorn SANGKAGARO 85 82 23 167
98 Seher ATWAL 82 85 23 167
101 Stephanie NA 86 88 30 174
102 Mehar ATWAL 84 91 31 175
103 YanJiao JIANG 87 89 32 176
Withdrawn Players
104 Thidapa SUWANNAPURA 81 9 81
105 Anne VAN DAM 82 14 13 96
106 Jaruporn PALAKAWONG NA AYUTTHAYA 86 14 86
107 Pannapa POLNAMIN 88 16 88
108 Shweta GALANDE 90 18 90
109 Grace LENNON 91 19 91
110 Nanthikarn RAKASACHAT 78 78 47 23 203 € 944.11
111 Kaoru OHORI 95 23 95
112 Gauri MONGA 96 24 96
113 Anisha PADUKONE 96 24 96
114 Pallavi JAIN 102 30 102

Preview

DATES:  Oct 23-25
SITE:  DLF G&CC, 'Black Knight' Course, Gurgaon
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