In-Form Pace Claims Red-Hot Spanish Open

by | Jul 21, 2013

The blistering heat of Madrid was the best omen for a red-hot Lee-Anne Pace, who claimed her second Ladies European Tour title in two months, carding a 13-under 275 to beat Mikaela Parmlid for the Spanish Open title on Sunday, 21 July, 2013. Photo: the LET

South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace has won her second Ladies European Tour title in the space of , after winning the Spanish Open by one stroke ahead of Mikaela Parmlid, at a very hot Club de Campo Villa de Madrid in Spain, on Sunday, 21 July, 2013.

Pace has hit a purple spot in recent times, winning the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open on 12 May 2012, and her super form also seeing her finish runner-up in the Slovak Open a week ago, where she was beaten by Gwladys Nocera.

On Sunday, Pace held a three-stroke advantage coming into the final nine holes at the Open de España, but her lead was reduced to two strokes after 12 holes.

Pace and Celine Herbin of France began the day tied for the lead at 12-under-par, but Pace immediately birdied the first to go one stroke clear.

The 32-year-old South African had a sensational front nine with four birdies in her first seven holes and was four shots clear of Herbin before three-putting on the par-3 ninth green for bogey.

Pace remained three strokes clear of the 30-year-old Frenchwoman after 11 holes, with Sweden’s Mikaela Parmlid a stroke further back on 11-under.

Parmlid birdied the first and the fourth to get within a stroke of the lead, but dropped a shot on the fifth hole.

After Pace dropped a shot at the par-4 12th, her advantage reduced to two strokes, ahead of Herbin and Parmlid, who birdied the hole.


The Open de Espana the Open de Espana Top-10 finishers, at the Club de Campo Villa in Madrid, Spain, on Sunday, 21 July, 2013:
1. Lee-Anne Pace -13 67 69 68 71 – 275
2. Mikaela Parmlid -12 69 71 66 70 – 276
3. Joanna Klatten -9 69 71 67 72 – 279
4. Celine Herbin -8 68 68 68 76 – 280
5. Ashleigh Simon -7 70 71 71 69 – 281
5. Gwladys Nocera -7 69 72 69 71 – 281
7. Titiya Plucksataporn -6 72 75 68 67 – 282
7. Linda Wessberg -6 74 67 72 69 – 282
7. Marta Silva Zamora -6 70 74 69 69 – 282
7. Minea Blomqvist -6 74 72 67 69 – 282

(With editing by gsport)


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