South African Women’s Open report: What happened at Westlake Golf Club?

Diksha Dagar overcame a back-nine three shot deficit to win her first tournament on tour in impressive style.

The 18-year-old chipped in for a stunning eagle on the 16thΒ which sent her into a share of the lead.

Having played her final two rounds bogey-free, she was a deserved winner and pipped last year’s champion, Lee-Anne Pace to the trophy.

Pace seemed to be in control of the final round with a three-shot lead on the 13thΒ tee. But, a bogey at that hole as well as the 17thΒ ended her title hopes.

Β Last week’s champion Meghan MacLaren finished in a respectable tie for eighth and it was another good week for Scotland Michele Thomson who claimed a share of third.

South African Women’s Open Report: Talking points

Testing conditions early on in the week made it tough to score well led with the cut line coming at 10-over-par.

An interesting name in the field was Charlotte Austwick of England. The 27-year-old survived a traumatic experienceΒ back in February when she was in South Africa to compete on the Sunshine Ladies Tour.

Herself, another player and a local caddy began to struggle when swimming at night off Marina Beach.

In a potentially fatal situation they were saved thanks to the efforts of a local restaurant staff and coastguards.

Less than a month later, the Englishwoman was back in South Africa and teeing it up in the Ladies European Tour, and unfortunately, it wasn’t the most prosperous of weeks.

Her chances of making the cut were slim to none after a gruelling first round of 103 but to her credit she dusted herself down and came out to shoot 74 on Friday which was a really solid score.

Ladies Tour News – ICYMI

Β Park rises to number one

Β Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen a fair few changes in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings including a change at the very top of the board.

Sung Hyun Park returned to the peak of the standings following her fabulous win in Singapore earlier this month.

She last topped the world’s ranking in October 2018, and she will be looking to hold onto her place for the foreseeable future.

Solheim Cup edges closer

The Solheim Cup will have been on the mind of any serious golf fans throughout this season and will continue to be until we finally arrive at Gleneagles in September.

You may have recently missed the news though that we are now less than SIX months away from the big one.

I’m sure we aren’t the only ones who are excited.

Joe Hughes

Tour editor covering men's golf, women's golf and anything else that involves the word golf, really. The talk is far better than the game, but the work has begun to change that.

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