Australian Stacey Keating wins LET's Lacoste Ladies Open de France at Chantaco Golf Club
Last Updated: 07/10/12 7:36pm
Ryder Cup skipper Jose Maria Olazabal applauds as Stacey Keating lifts the trophy
Australian Stacey Keating made it back-to-back wins on the Ladies European Tour with victory in the Lacoste Ladies Open de France.
The 26-year-old from Victoria came from three shots behind overnight leader Diana Luna of Italy to record her second straight win after she earned her maiden title at the Tenerife Ladies Open de Espana a fortnight previously.
Playing in the penultimate group at Chantaco Golf Club, Keating was quick out of the blocks with four birdies in a row from the second to catch Luna. But the Italian then made four straight birdies from the fifth to get to 15 under before dropping a shot on 10, opening the door again.
After Keating bogeyed the 13th, Luna was two clear of the Australian but Keating birdied 14, 16 and 17 to move one ahead with a hole to play.
Keating thought she'd blown it when she bogeyed 18, but then watched Luna do the same, missing a five foot par putt which would have forced a play-off.
Heartbroken Luna was forced to settle for her third straight second place finish in three years at the same tournament.
Keating was handed the trophy by Sophie Lacoste, President of Lacoste SA in the presence of the recent victorious European Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazabal and former women's world number one Lorena Ochoa.
Two strokes back in a tie for third place on 11 under par were Hannah Jun of the United States and Spain's Azahara Munoz, while fifth place was shared by former champion Trish Johnson, local player Anne-Lise Caudal and Carlota Ciganda, who moved into first place on the Ladies European Tour's ISPS Handa Order of Merit.