WIENER, Austria – Lee-Anne Pace brings her top game into the Austrian Ladies Open this week at Raiffeisen Golf Club Fohrenwald. On a tear, Pace of South Africa has won twice and added a runner-up finish in her last three events.
Other top players will try to topple the Ladies European Tour’s money list winner starting Friday in the 54-hole event.
Money list No. 2 Melissa Reid of England, who is bidding for her second title after winning the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open in May, returns to competition after a two-week break. Countrywoman Laura Davies, No. 4 on the money list, is a past two-time champion here (2007-2008). Davies said she feels the course suits her game. She almost made it a triple last year but lost to Sweden’s Linda Wessberg on the second playoff hole.
Davies, with 74 tournament victories, is joined by Virginie Lagoutte-Clement of France, ranked sixth on the Henderson Money List after her victory at the Ladies Scottish Open two weeks ago.
Other 2010 tournament winners competing this week include Germany’s Anja Monke (Lalla Meryem Cup), Florentyna Parker of England (ABN AMRO Ladies Open), Trish Johnson of England (Tenerife Ladies Open) and Australian Karen Lunn (Portugal Ladies Open).
There are eight Austrians competing – led by Nicole Gergely, who last year became the first Austrian to win an LET title as she triumphed by two shots in the Ladies French Open.
The 6,243-yard Golf Club Fohrenwald is playing similar to previous years, but a number of bunkers have been removed. The course has drained well after a large amount of rainfall over the past three days, according to the tour.
Ladies European Tour contributed to this report.