American Sherri Steinhauer has won the 2006 LGU Season Women’s British Open, finishing on a 7-under 281, leading second-placed Cristie Kerr (USA) and Sophie Gustafson (SWE) by three.
An even-par was enough for Steinhauer to push home her significant third-round advantage, as all top-10 leaderboard finishers battled to post anything more than a 1-under par final round.
Most of the golfers struggled in unusual weather, a small total of 8 in the pool of 150 posted tournament totals under par.
In her first major, home heroine Ashleigh Simon narrowly missed the cut by 1 shot on Friday, doing well to shoot a difficult 152 under trying conditions.
SA’s other golfing great, Laurette Maritz also struggled bravely, and looked set to make the cut until the 14th on day two, when the first of two double-bogies, added to a triple on the final hole, blew her out to an unfortunate 156.
American Michelle Wie scored a 6-over 294 for the tournament to place 26nd, and netted some winnings towards her costs, while Sweden’s popular Annika Sorenstam was one shot down to place 31st on her 7-over 295.