Australia's Wright wins New Zealand Women's Open
Sunday, February 19, 2012
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Australia's Lindsey Wright made a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory Sunday in the New Zealand Women's Open.
Wright finished at 10-under 206 at Pegasus Golf Club in the event sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies Professional Golf.
"It's unbelievable," Wright said. "It's still sinking in. I putted really well all day, and the last six holes I was really nervous."
The 32-year-old former Pepperdine player is a regular on the LPGA Tour.
American Alison Walshe and Australian Jessica Speechley tied for second. Walshe closed with a 69, and Speechley had a 65.
"I looked at the leaderboard and saw Alison Walshe up there and Speechley at 9 under and thought, 'No, I can make this putt. Just keep your head down; just hit a great putt,' " Wright said.
Canada's Lorie Kane and Australia's Stephanie Na shot 69 to tie for fourth at 8 under.
Fourteen-year-old Lydia Ko, part of a six-way tie for the second-round lead, shot a 74 to tie for 17th at 4 under. The South Korean-born New Zealander, the world's top-ranked amateur, became the youngest winner of a professional-tour event last month in the Women's New South Wales Open.