Ladies European Tour: Vic Open – Mel Reid

Solheim Cup team-mates Mel Reid and Sandra Gal played three extra holes at the 13th Beach Golf Links in Australia before Reid claimed victory for her sixth success on Tour.

Reid, now a member of the LPGA Tour, began the day two clear but, on a blustery day, had an up-and-down front nine with a double, two bogeys and an eagle at the 5th, after chipping in, for the second day running. But the back nine was rock solid with a three-under 34 and she could have won it at the last had she two-putted for a birdie at the 72nd hole.

Gal had set the clubhouse lead with a brilliant 69, only three players broke 70 all day in the high winds.

In the play-off Reid again three-putted from distance at the first extra hole, and then again at the second time of asking, before Gal cracked with a bogey after overshooting the 18th green.

What Reid said: “It was honestly brutal out there. That’s one of the toughest winds that I’ve had, especially with the start that I got. I didn’t feel I’d hit a bad shot in the first five holes so to be three over after four was unreal. Fair play to Sandra: four-under today was an incredible score.

“I’ve got a good feeling about this year and I don’t know what it is. I had a good feeling about this week. It was my mum’s birthday on Tuesday so I knew that something good had to happen. We were warming up on the putting green and my mum’s favourite film was Dirty Dancing, and they were playing the theme tune to Dirty Dancing, and I said to Benji, ‘I’ve just got a feeling about this week, it’s fate, you know?’ Then I made a seven on the second and re-thought it.”


Mark Townsend

Been watching and playing golf since the early 80s and generally still stuck in this period. Huge fan of all things Robert Rock, less so white belts. Handicap of 8, fragile mind and short game

Handicap: 8

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