Melissa Read wins the Turkish Airlines Open at Carya Golf Club in Belek, Antalya, in a wire to wire victory.
This tournament was the first competition on any Major Golf Tour to finish on a Wednesday and Melissa, from England, picked up the Turkish Airlines Open title with a wire to wire -11 under par total score, and a final round at even par 73.
It was an impressive win, a four shot victory over the field, made all the more improbable because Melissa started this tournament without even a practice round, but still picked up her second win on Tour;
“When you win you want to win properly and to lead every single day has been nice. I’ve not been in that position before, so to win in that way does make it extra special.”
“I’ve got a fantastic team around me which I can’t give enough credit to and I’ve been working with Kevin Craggs.”
“He’s been amazing and a massive influence not just on my career but on my life.”
“It’s been a difficult journey and it’s not one I want to go through again but it makes the win even sweeter and I’ve stepped it up a bit and it’s just the beginning really.”
Gwladys Nocera finished in second place, those four shots behind the winner, but was pleased with the result;
“If you would have told me I could finish second before the week I would have signed for it.”
“This shows me what I have and even when I’m not 100 per cent I can still play well, so I think that’s another thing I’ve learned and it was great.”
“I’ve hit the ball really well, not as long off the tee, but I managed to stay on the dance floor, so that was the main thing.”
Dame Laura Davies, Kylie Walker and Sally Watson tied for third place at -6 under par for the competition.
Sally was satisfied with her best finish of the year so far;
“I am pleased. I was three shots back at the start of the day and with the wind and tough conditions it was tough to put a low score together to catch Melissa.”
“I can’t complain with a third place finish, highest of the year so far.”
Dame Laura enjoyed this new idea, which was designed to attract wider television audiences by moving women’s professional golf into a new space within world sport;
“It’s been a great week to be honest with you, I’ve really enjoyed the concept.”
“I love the golf course. I just wish we played it here every year because it’s a great course for the girls and gives us a chance to play some really good golf and make lots of birdies.”
“Mel made more than most of us, but overall I’m really pleased. I had one bad day with the putter and it really cost me dearly, but I’m happy with the way I’m hitting it.”