Lacoste Ladies Open de France. Celine Beats Emily in a Play-off.

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Celine Herbin beat  Danish rookie Emily Pedersen in a play-off to win the Lacoste Ladies Open de France.

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Celine and Emily both carded final rounds of even par 70 to post -11 under par totals for the  Lacoste Ladies Open de France, so they went into a play-off, which home town girl Celine won at the third extra hole. She was extremely emotional at the win, it was her maiden Ladies European Tour victory,  laying down on the green after her winning putt, being covered in Champagne by adoring fans and friends;

“To win my first tournament in my home country with so many people cheering for me, it’s like a dream.”

“I feel very lucky and I worked hard for that, so I think I deserve it and I’m very happy.”

“Obviously I didn’t make the best first nine holes but I believed in myself and knew I could turn it around.”

Her caddie Vicente Ballesteros, the brother of Seve., said;

“Emily was playing very well but we knew that she could get very nervous on the last few holes so I knew I had to fight until the last hole – until hole 75!”

Emily was very disappointed, at one point she had a five shot lead;

“I’m obviously very disappointed but I’m sure when I look back on the week I will be proud of my performance. I hope that this experience will make me a stronger and better player in the future.”

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Malene Jorgensen finished in third place at -9 under par for the tournament, just two strokes back, to record her second third place finish in three tournaments following the Helsingborg Open;

“Of course I’m happy with third place. I have had a good feeling with my swing since Sweden so it’s nice that it still works.”

Charley Hull was alone in fourth place on -8 under par after final round of 67, and she said;

“I’m pretty chuffed with a fourth place finish after a good three weeks.”

“I played well at Evian, had a good last week and good this week so I’m pretty happy and I can’t wait to go to Ibiza.”

Lacoste Ladies Open de France. Celine Ties Emily at the Top.

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Celine Herbin ties with Emily Kristine Pedersen at the top of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France leaderboard after the third round at  Golf de Chantaco in France.

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Local favorite Celine carded a bogey free third round of -5 under par 65 to share the lead at the  Lacoste Ladies Open de France with Danish rookie Emily Kristine Pedersen, both at -11 under par for the tournament, and will take a four shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Celine said the crowds in the gallery helped her today;

“I’m really looking forward to playing tomorrow. It’s going to be really nice because it’s the Open de France and I am French.”

“I will have 1000 people around me cheering for me so it’s going to give me a plus, maybe the 15th club in my bag.”

“I really look forward to it and just want to enjoy it.”

“Of course it’s different when you have so many people cheering but you just focus on your own game, your ball and where to send your ball.”

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Rookie Emily signed for a -2 under par 68 and said she will play her best tomorrow

“My game has been good all week.”

“If Celine shoots eight under or something there is not much you can do but I’ll play my best and I know my game is good enough to win.”

“Hopefully I’ll play well.”

Azahara Munoz and Pamela Pretswell are the two players those four shots back, both carded -4 under par 66’s today and will try to catch the leaders in the final round.

Azahara said it is a long way to go, but she is happy with her position;

“I’m obviously further away than I would like to be but I’ll take it.”

“Mid round I was six or seven back so if I’m five back tomorrow anything is possible. You can have a really low one here, so hopefully it will be me tomorrow.”

“You can make a big number out here or you can make a lot of birdies, it can go both ways.”

“I told myself to be patient, there were plenty of holes left and keep doing what I’ve been doing.”

Pamela has suffered some missed cuts recently, but her putter is working well now, and that makes a difference;

“I’m driving it well and hitting my irons a lot better, good distance control which is necessary with the spin on the greens.”

“I’ve been working on my putting the last month or so and the changes are starting to pay off.”

First round leader Gwladys Nocera is now five shots off the lead, a -2 under 68 today, which would have been better if her putter had been working;

“I didn’t make the four, five metre putts today for birdie.”

“I hit some good shots but they didn’t drop. It’s slightly frustrating but I’m getting there and tomorrow hopefully they will drop.”



Lacoste Ladies Open de France. Rookie Emily Excels to Lead.

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Rookie professional Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark has risen to the top of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France leaderboard.

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19 year-old Emily carded a second round -6 under par 64 to lead the Lacoste Ladies Open de France tournament by three shots with her -9 under par total.

Emily told reporters about her best ever professional round, after starting the day with a bogey;

“After the rough start I was very happy about finishing six under.”

“It’s given me extra motivation to prove I’m good enough to be here, because I wasn’t good enough to get into the tournament.”

“It’s a narrow course so you have to be accurate with your irons and shots into the greens.”

Celine Herbin holds second place at -6 under par, with a -3 under par 68 today. She was happy to be in contention;

“I’m pretty happy with the result.”

“The end of the round was a little up and down. I had a very nice eagle on 15, which was two centimetres from being an albatross, and after I had a double and finished with two birdies.”

“I have a very good feeling for this weekend. My game is in good shape.”

“It’s always very nice to play in France instead of wherever in the world and I feel very comfortable here. A lot of people are cheering.”

“I was supposed to be playing in a Symetra Tour event this week but I changed my mind to play here. It was a good decision, I think.”

Third place is shared between another Dane Malene Jorgensen, and first round leader Gwladys Nocera, both at -4 under par for the competition. After leading yesterday Gwladys could only card a +1 over par 71 in the second round.

Malene was happy to see Emily at the tournament;

“It’s always fun when a lot of people from Denmark are playing well.”


Lacoste Ladies Open de France. Gwladys Nocera Leads.

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Gwladys Nocera, from France, leads the Lacoste Ladies Open de France after the first round at Golf de Chantaco.

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Gwladys shot a first round -5 under par 65 to lead the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, on home soil, just a week after her performance in the Solheim Cup.

Gwladys said after last week she needed to get her act together and play some golf, and was happy to sink a few putts;

“I started the day a little bit slow and after a couple of holes I told myself, you decided to come here, you’ve always wanted to win this tournament, so get your act together and play golf.”

 “Sometimes after two tough weeks like we went through, it’s easy to not give everything you have because you’re tired, but I really want to win this tournament and I think in the back of my head it hit me.”

“I kept on playing better and made a few putts, so it’s really nice to end the day like that.”

Keeping up the French presence, Celine Herbin is in second place at -4 under par following her opening round 66.

Ladies European Tour rookie Emily Kristine Pedersen, Marianne Skarpnord, Cathryn Bristow and Marion Ricordeau all share third position on -3 under par.

Another Frenchwoman, Fiona Puyo carded a hole in one on the 141-yard par three 12th using an eight-iron;

“I didn’t see the ball go in, because the green is uphill, but I heard the cheers from the crowd and I knew the ball went in!”

” I was told it pitched two yards behind the pin and came back in with the spin.”

“It’s my second hole-in-one: I made one during the 2011 French match play championship when I was still an amateur. So it’s my first one as a pro.”




The Solheim Cup. Team USA Win in Europe.

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Team USA win the Solheim Cup with a memorable fight back in Europe.

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Team USA  came back and produced a storming finish to beat Team Europe and also record their first Solheim Cup victory since 2009.

They started the afternoon four points adrift of Team Europe, but a great fight back helped to complete the unlikeliest of 14 ½ – 13 ½ comeback wins.

Juli Inkster, Team USA captain praised her girls for the way they performed;

“This is just amazing, I can’t describe the difference in my emotions of this morning to the emotions of this afternoon. My team played so damned good out there. They just never gave up. It was unbelievable.”

“I just loved my line-up. I loved the way they stacked up today. I just have so many people I have to thank. It’s a great feeling.”

“You know what, I was on them all week.”

“You’ve got to play with heart. You’ve got to play with fire in your belly. Never give up. I saw a real team out there today.”

“It didn’t look good early, but they hung in there. A lot of two downs got to evens and then to plus one.”

“Angela deserved that (her win against Pettersen). She played pretty good (earlier) this week but didn’t get a point. I know everyone was on her because of her record but she wanted it today and she played awesome.”

Carin Koch, Team Europe captain could not believe it;

“It’s unbelievable, there were a few putts that could have gone in that went the other way a few times today. But it was very exciting.”

“It’s been an amazing week. The golf that’s been played has been fantastic.”

“Both teams played their hearts out. It could have gone either way today. We had a couple of chances to finish it off and win, and in the end it was their putts that win this.”

“It’s just so exciting. It’s great for women’s golf. And we really showcased how good these players are.”


*Play was suspended due to darkness on Saturday evening and the last three matches finished on Sunday morning.

Azahara Munoz and Carlota Ciganda lost to Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr 3&2

Karine Icher and Catriona Matthew beat Lizette Salas and Brittany Lang 2&1

Suzann Pettersen and Charley Hull beat Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome 2 holes

Caroline Masson and Caroline Hedwall lost to Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller 1 hole

Europe 2        USA 2

Cumulative Results: Europe 10 USA 6 

Sunday 20th September


Carlota Ciganda halved with Lexi Thompson

Catriona Matthew lost to Morgan Pressel 2 holes

Karine Icher beat Brittany Lincicome 3&2

Melissa Reid beat Brittany Lang 3&2

Gwladys Nocera lost to Alison Lee 3&1

Caroline Masson lost to Gerina Piller 1 up

Anna Nordqvist beat Stacy Lewis 2&1

Azahara Munoz lost to Lizette Salas 3&1

Suzann Pettersen lost to Angela Stanford 2&1

Charley Hull lost to Cristie Kerr 3&2

Caroline Hedwall lost to Michelle Wie 6&4

Sandra Gal lost to Paula Creamer 4&3

Europe 3 ½    USA 8 ½

Cumulative Results: Europe 13 ½ USA 14 ½

The Solheim Cup. Team Europe Lead

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Team Europe lead in the Solheim Cup going into the last day tomorrow at St Leon-Rot golf course in Germany.

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Catriona Matthew of Team Europe / Getty Images

The afternoon fourballs were halted due to bad light, with Team USA winning the first match, where Azahara Munoz and Carlota Ciganda lost to Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr 3&2

Play will resume in the morning with Team USA one hole up in two matches and Team Europe ahead by the same margin in the other.

Team Europe  captain Carin Koch likes the position they are in, but knows it wont be easy;

“It’s a good position to be in but there’s still a lot to do.”

“Tomorrow every player has to go out there and fight for their point. That’s what they have to.”

“We’re looking forward to it but certainly won’t be easy.”

Juli Inkster, Team USA captain is happy to see some improvement, but wants to win the last three matches tomorrow, before going into the singles;

“At least we have a little bit of red on the board,”

“We haven’t seen a lot of that in the last couple of days. But we’ve got to finish. We’ve got to finish those three matches tomorrow.”

“We’ve got to finish the singles strong. I think the Europeans have played really 17 and 18 maybe just a little better than us and we need to buckle down and get those last two holes.”


*The last three matches did not finish due to poor light on Saturday evening and will resume at 8.45am on Sunday.

Azahara Munoz and Carlota Ciganda lost to Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr 3&2

Karine Icher and Catriona Matthew v Lizette Salas and Brittany Lang (Europe 1 up after 15)

Suzann Pettersen and Charley Hull v Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome (USA 1 up after 15)

Caroline Masson and Caroline Hedwall v Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller (USA 1 up after 16)

Europe 0         USA 1

Cumulative Results: Europe 8  USA 5

The Solheim Cup. Melissa Reid Celebrates Her Birthday in Style.

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Melissa Reid celebrated her birthday in style by helping Team Europe win the top match in the second series of foursomes at the Solheim Cup in Germany. Team  Europe won the series 3-1 to extend their overall lead to 8-4 in the morning matches.

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Carlota Ciganda and birthday girl Melissa Reid / Getty Images

Melissa and her Spanish partner Carlota defeated Michelle Wie and Alison Lee by 4 & 3.

Birthday girl Melissa loved playing with partner Carlota;

“Carlota’s a great girl. She hits it a mile so it’s easier for me because I’m hitting shorter shots into the greens.”

“I don’t have any stress with Carlota. I have absolute faith in her. She’s a Spaniard. She’s a Sergio. A Seve. She’s an incredible player.”

“It was a great morning, I’m absolutely buzzing.”

Morning Foursomes

Melissa Reid and Carlota Ciganda beat Alison Lee and Michelle Wie 4&3

Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen beat Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel 1 up

Sandra Gal and Catriona Matthew beat Angela Stanford and Brittany Lincicome 1 hole

Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall lost to Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller 5&4

Europe 3 USA 1

Cumulative Results: Europe 8 USA 4

The afternoon Fourballs are to follow.