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Kylie clinches dramatic golf win in Holland

25/05/2014. Ladies European Tour 2014. The Deloitte Ladies Open,  International Golf Club, Amsterdam. Netherlands. May23-25, 2014. Kylie Walker of Scotland with the trophy . Credit LET/Tristan Jones

25/05/2014. Ladies European Tour 2014. The Deloitte Ladies Open, International Golf Club, Amsterdam. Netherlands. May23-25, 2014. Kylie Walker of Scotland with the trophy . Credit LET/Tristan Jones

Milngavie’s Kylie Walker earned her maiden Ladies European Tour victory in the Netherlands after a dramatic three way play-off.

Competing at the Deloitte Ladies Open, Kylie was up against Nikki Campbell and Malene Jorgensen at The International.

Having led by two strokes after both the first and second rounds, Kylie shot 69, 72 and 72 in the three-round event to tie with Campbell and Jorgensen on 213, six-under-par.

The former Buchanan Golf Club member then sealed the wire-to-wire win by holing a birdie putt of 20 feet on the second extra hole, the 506-yard par-5 18th, playing over water.

Kylie (27) said: “I feel amazing; absolutely brilliant. I’ve been in play-offs to get in the British Open and US Open but not to win on the Ladies European Tour. I was really trying to win and I kept giving myself chances and not quite making the putts, although I did putt quite well. A lot of them looked good and didn’t go in, so I’m delighted to win in the end.”

On the second play-off hole, Jorgensen made par before Walker perfectly judged her birdie putt.

Kylie, whose previous best finish in five years on the LET was a tie for fourth at the 2011 Prague Masters, added: “With the crowd erupting it almost overwhelmed me, everyone was screaming.”

The young golfer began her second round well when she made a birdie putt of 15 feet on the second hole, but she dropped a shot on the par-5 third, before making her second birdie of the day on the seventh. From there she came home with 11 straight steady pars.

Earlier in the day, Nikki fired five birdies in her first eight holes and overtook Kylie with her birdie on the sixth before picking up another shot on the par-5 eighth. However the 33-year-old Australian three-putted on 15 to drop back into a share of the lead.

Denmark’s Malene set the clubhouse target after firing a flawless six-under 67 in warm and sunny conditions but had to settle for runner-up spot for the second LET event in a row.

Janet Dawson, general manager of Buchanan Castle Golf Club, said:“Kylie joined out club as a junior in February 2000 and was junior and ladies section champion in 2003. She showed potential from the very beginning and we are delighted that we have been able to offer her the facilities to assist with her development into the excellent golfer she is today.”

 

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