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  • Writer's picturePiers Manktelow

Meghan successfully defends her title down under.

Meghan MacLaren has won the NSW open on the LET Tour to claim the 2nd LET win of her career. The first having come at this event last year. Meghan, who won the LET Access Series in 2017 has really taken to life on the LET Tour, and these two wins show that her career is progressing in the right direction.

The 24-year-old from Northamptonshire was the only player to shoot all 4 rounds under par which meant she finished on -12, 3 shots clear of Lynn Carlsson from Sweden and New Zealand’s Munchin Keh.

MacLaren, was trailing Keh with a few holes to go but she showed her nerve to finish eagle, par, birdie to clinch victory, whereas Keh would double bogey the last to come up short.

After her victory MacLaren said “I wish I could play all of my golf in New South Wales,It’s a bit of a weird one, because it’s not at the same course, so it almost doesn’t feel like the same tournament. It must be something about Australia and coming to the end of the whole trip.

“It was pretty gritty out there for a long time and quite nerve wracking. As much as you want it to be like the last few days and all controlled and straight forward, it just wasn’t like that. I had to hang in there and even though I dropped a couple of shots, I knew that things were going to be close and nobody was running away with it and I just hoped for a moment of magic somewhere and it happened.

“It’s funny, I had almost the same shot yesterday where I had to hit a 30, 40 yard cut with a 3-wood around the trees and I pulled it off yesterday, so I thought, ‘I know I’ve done it; I know I need something.’ I knew the lead had gone to 11-under at that point, so I was chasing and as soon as I hit it, I hoped that it would be right and it was.”

Keh, who plays most of her golf on the China LPGA had her best finish since finishing 2nd on the Le Coq Sportif Championship on the CLPGA last year. She had a closing round of 67 with her only blemish coming on the last hole.

This was Carlsson's 4th top 10 finish on the LET and her best performance of 2019, she now rises to 9th on the Order of Merit.

Following in Meghan's footsteps is Emma Nilsson from Sweden who won the LET Access Series last year. She finished 8th, her best performance of the season. Felicity Johnson also continued her steady start to 2019 with her 4th top 20 finish already this year by coming 5th.

Next LET Event: 14/3/19, Investec South African Women's Open, Westlake Golf Club, South Africa

How did our 4 to watch get on?

Meghan MacLaren Winner

Esther Henseleit 26th

Sarah Kemp 31st

Marianne Skarpnord MC

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