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Round 1 - 64 (-8)
England’s Hayley Davis produced a bogey-free 64, eight under par, for a new tournament record and the lead at the Terre Blanche Ladies Open in Tourrettes, France.
Davis recorded eight birdies, with four in a row from the 4th to 7th, to lead by two shots from France’s Emilie Piquot. The 26-year-old from Poole played solidly, crediting a solid all round game for her lowest round as a professional.
“My tee shots were quite good. I hit some shots really close and my putting was really nice. So it was just a bit of everything really, there was nothing that really stood out. I just played really solid today. I love the golf course, I didn’t think it was an 8 under course but I love it. It’s just good because every tee shot has something different, it’s got a little bit of something to it. I like to play aggressive and on this course, you can play aggressive but it’s quite hard so for me it paid off today to stick to my game plan. It was really good.“
Round 2 - 75 (+3) Overall = 139 (-5)
Overnight leader Hayley Davis started strongly with a birdie on her first hole, the par five 10th, but four bogeys in a row from the 14th dropped the Englishwoman back to 5 under, just two shots ahead of France’s Valentine Derrey, who recorded a 2nd day 73 for a 3 under par total of 141. The rain started to fall as Davis moved to her back nine and she played her best golf in the tougher conditions heading home.
“The par 3 (14th hole) was where it all started, I thought I needed to hit a hard one to get there as I wasn’t quite sure and just a bit too quick and lost it and it went a bit long so that’s was a poor decision off the tee really. On the next hole, I hit a good tee shot maybe just a little bit on the right side and it went into the bunker, a bogey from there. The next hole my second shot went in the bunker. So it wasn’t any bad shots, it just didn’t happen yesterday and it did today. But it was still a solid round, I’m quite happy with it. I didn’t play that well today so it was just trying to get a half decent score out there to put me in a good position for tomorrow still, so that was the main thing keeping up there really, so I’m quite happy with it to be fair,” commented Davis.
Round 3 - 74 (+2) Overall = 213 (-3)
The Austrian started the final day two shots behind Davis, at 3 under par after putting herself in contention with rounds of 71 and 70. Fortunately, both players were in the final group, alongside France’s Valentine Derrey, and able to keep an eye on each other over the homeward stretch.
It was Davis who stumbled over the closing holes. A bogey on the short 16th, followed by an errant drive on the par four 17th resulting in another bogey, and the Englishwoman found herself one shot behind Schober.
Both players hit the final green in two at the par 5, 18th and it was Davis who bounced back with a two-putt birdie after Schober had three-putted from around 10 metres. Davis shot a closing 74 to Schober's 72.
They headed back down the 18th with Davis playing first into the green. Unfortunately, the 26-year-old found a rocky area right of the green close to the water. Meanwhile, Schober found the green, with a similar putt to that of the one she had on her 54th hole.
Davis decided to play rather than take a drop, playing a great shot to just left of the green. Schober made no mistake this time around, rolling her first putt up to tap-in distance. The Austrian was both relieved and elated to have her first win under her belt.
“My putting was pretty consistent, especially yesterday and today because I did some adjustments on the first day so it worked out really well and I hit quite a few fairways as well, which was really helpful. It’s kind of a relief to get the first one out and especially after 2016 when I was five times second. I was thinking about it today and I just wanted to get it done, so I’m very happy I did. We were kind of very close and Hayley was playing really well and I just tried to keep up with her and also focus on my game. At the end it was very good,” commented Schober.