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Johnson wins again after four year break

England's Trish Johnson produced a faultless performance to win her first title in four years with a dramatic final day victory at the Wales ' Golf as it should be ' Ladies Open at Royal Porthcawl GC.

It was Johnson's 17 th worldwide victory and first since the 2000 Daily Telegraph Ladies British Masters and the 38-year-old who is an honorary member at the club, won with bags of style as she carded an eight under par 65 in front of nearly 8000 spectators beside the Bristol Channel, just along the coast from her birthplace.

Johnson's 65 took her to 15-under par to snare the £52,500 first prize three shots ahead of Denmark's Iben Tinning, who had a five under 68 and close friend and Solheim Cup partner Laura Davies, who had a one under par 72.

Overnight joint leader Helen Alfredsson, winner her at the inaugural event in 2001, shared fourth place alongside Marta Prieto from Spain and Asa Gottmo, winner here in 2002, who had a level par 73.

But while Davies predicted on the eve of the final day that she would need to shoot low to fend off the resilient Alfredsson, the charge came from Johnson, who leapt out of the pack on a balmy day beside Rest Bay.

Beginning the day at seven under par, four shots adrift of the lead, Johnson closed the gap with birdies at two of the opening three holes and made steady pars through to the seventh.

But moving into contention with birdies at the eighth and ninth, Johnson turned in 32.

Davies was still three shots clear at 14-under par after a solid front half of 33, while Alfredsson was on the slippery slope and turned in 38.

Davies found trouble on the back nine with bogeys at the tenth, 14 th and 15 th to slip back, but Johnson continued her good form, birdied the 12 th and made a gutsy up and down at the 13 th to keep the momentum going.

Tinning made her move to the top with birdies at the tenth, 12 th , 14 th and 15 th to lead. But as the Dane failed to birdie the par five 16 th and then bogeyed the par five 17 th to drop back to 12-under, Johnson was composing a world class finish.

Her birdies at the 16 t h, 17 th were enough to open a two shot lead heading down Porthcawl's famous final hole and when she dispatched the 30-foot right to left slider, it was truly a grandstand finish for one of the most popular players anywhere in women's golf.

".and it was never missing either," laughed Johnson, who grew up on a diet of links golf at nearby Pyle and Kenfig and also here at Royal Porthcawl and Royal North Devon GC.

"I always thought I would win again, but I didn't realise it had been that long. I knew I could still win otherwise there would have been no point me being out here.

"The eighth and ninth were the key and I made a fabulous up and down at the 13 th from a horrible lie which kept the momentum going.

"Coming down the last few holes, I wanted to finish 4,4,4, but to finish 4,4,3 was a big bonus and to find out that Arsenal won 4-1 made a brilliant day even better!

"This event is a fabulous event and it's very important to me as I know the area so well. I spent ten years down here and a lot of my friends and family came down to support me and that stood me in good stead all day."

Johnson goes into the final event of the season with a good opportunity to win her second Order of Merit title at the Catalonia Ladies Masters from October 1-3. But she will have to pass Davies, a five-time European number one. Only 100 points behind with 150 points available to the winner, it will be a mouth watering prospect as two of England's greatest ever female golfers battle it out for the top spot at the end of the 2 6th year on the LET.



Wales 'Golf as it should be' Ladies Open

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
12 th - 15 th August 2004

Final Scoreboard       
277  - Trish Johnson (ENG) 73 70 69 65

280  - Iben Tinning (DEN) 70 73 69 68, Laura Davies (ENG) 67 73 68 72

282  - Marta Prieto (ESP) 69 74 69 70, Asa Gottmo (SWE) 72 67 70 73, Helen Alfredsson (SWE) 76 68 64 74

283  - Cecilia Ekelundh (SWE) 71 68 73 71, Nuria Clau (ESP) 71 69 72 71

284  - Sara Beautell (ESP) 67 76 70 71

285  - Ana B Sanchez (ESP) 70 74 69 72

286  - Anne-Marie Knight (AUS) 66 78 75 67, Lara Tadiotto (BEL) 75 76 67 68, Johanna Head (ENG) 69 71 74 72, Lynnette Brooky (NZ) 73 69 72 72

287  - Becky Brewerton (WAL) 71 76 70 70, Karine Icher (FRA) 72 71 71 73, Kirsty Taylor (ENG) 70 74 70 73

288  - Lora Fairclough (ENG) 76 71 72 69, Suzanne O'Brien (IRE) 75 73 70 70, Ana Larraneta (ESP) 75 74 69 70, Nadina Taylor (AUS) 72 70 72 74, Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 70 73 70 75, Karen Margrethe Juul (DEN) 69 70 73 76, Sophie Gustafson (SWE) 71 72 69 76

289  - Liselotte Neumann (SWE) 73 73 72 71, Judith Van Hagen (NL) 71 73 72 73, Julie Forbes (SCO) 69 76 71 73, Linda Wessberg (SWE) 75 72 69 73

290  - Alexandra Armas (ESP) 72 76 71 71, Martina Eberl (GER) 76 72 69 73

291  - Becky Morgan (WAL) 75 74 72 70, Nienke Nijenhuis (NL) 69 72 71 79

292  - Stephanie Arricau (FRA) 73 76 72 71

293  - Shani Waugh (AUS) 73 75 74 71, Cecilie Lundgreen (NOR) 73 75 72 73, Ludivine Kreutz (FRA) 72 76 71 74

294  - Nathalie David (FRA) 76 71 74 73, Barbara Paruscio (ITA) 71 78 72 73

295  - Jenni Kuosa (FIN) 73 76 74 72, Federica Piovano (ITA) 74 75 74 72

296  - Martina Gillen (Am) (IRE) 77 72 74 73, Silvia Cavalleri (ITA) 74 74 74 74, Laurette Maritz (SA) 75 74 73 74

297  - Diana Luna (ITA) 71 78 76 72, Karen Lunn (AUS) 74 75 75 73, Jane Leary (AUS) 75 74 75 73, Rebecca Stevenson (AUS) 72 78 74 73, Natascha Fink (AUT) 75 71 76 75, Christina Kuld (DEN) 71 73 77 76, Georgina Simpson (ENG) 75 72 72 78

298  - Margherita Rigon (ITA) 74 76 75 73, Nicole Stillig (GER) 71 75 76 76

299  - Valerie Michaud (FRA) 72 77 78 72, Jessica Lindbergh (SWE) 75 76 73 75, Fany Schaeffer (FRA) 68 74 77 80

300  - Laura Cabanillas (ESP) 76 71 80 73, Nicola Moult (ENG) 71 75 79 75, Dale Reid (SCO) 79 69 74 78

302  - Filippa Helmersson (SWE) 77 72 80 73, Caroline Hall (ENG) 75 75 76 76, Veronica Zorzi (ITA) 74 77 75 76

304  - Sophie Giquel (FRA) 76 75 73 80

306  - Wendy Dicks (ENG) 74 77 77 78, Susan Moon (USA) 74 75 78 79

 

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