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Iben Tinning wins BMW Ladies Italian Open

Denmark’s Iben Tinning claimed her second victory in three weeks on the LET in the €300,000 BMW Ladies Italian Open at Sheraton Golf Parco de’ Medici.

The Dane stormed home with a final round 6-under-par 66 to finish with a 272 seventeen-under-par total and win by a shot from Italy’s Veronica Zorzi.

It was Tinning’s fourth victory on the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour after she won the Open de España Femenino Castellón Panorámica Golf &Country Club three weeks ago.

Tacking a second consecutive round of 66 onto opening rounds of 69 and 70, Tinning did just enough to claim the €45,000 in prize winnings as she fended off a strong challenge from Zorzi.

The darling of the Italian galleries had an eagle three at the last to take her to sixteen-under-par playing in the penultimate group.

But it wasn’t enough to fend off Tinning, who only needed to par the last hole for her victory.

Zorzi fired a final round 66 to finish alone in second position whilst fellow Italian Sophie Sandolo and New Zealander Lynnette Brooky also carded 66. They shared third position on fifteen-under-par.

Tinning, who also won the Ladies Italian Open in 2002, as well as the Irish Open in the same year, said: “I am so happy about this win especially because it was so close out there. You had to play your best to win. I couldn’t have played any better.

“It means quite a lot. I won the Italian Open before and I like Italy and I like Rome. I think it’s a great place and I liked the back nine a lot better.

“After seeing Zorzi make that three on the last, that made it tougher but then again, it’s a par five and I made my par so I’m very delighted.”

Tinning remains at the top of the LET Money list and third in The 2005 Solheim Cup points table. There are seven places available for automatic selection.

“I’m definitely looking forward to The Solheim Cup and I feel quite comfortable now. I thought that I would need to play well in July and August but it looks like I already have done so that’s not bad, is it?” said Tinning.

She spent the majority of last year playing in America but after a tough time, this year she is competing in Europe.

“I was struggling last year on the LPGA but I think I just got a lot stronger mentally,” she said.

Another player who showed her tough mentality out on the golf course was Zorzi, a 24-year-old from Verona.

After a round which had already included six birdies, two bogeys and an eagle at the 11th, her approach to the 18th green met rapturous applause and mass cries of ‘brava’ from her Italian supporters.

Her sand wedge from 75 metres landed just a metre from the flag before skipping straight into the hole for eagle, which shook the leader, Tinning, up a little.

“It was incredible and the best moment of my career,” admitted Zorzi, adding, “I am very happy.”

“It’s a pity I wasn’t a shot better today, but its okay. I’ll wait until another competition, next week at the French Open.”

Sandolo, who had her best round as a professional, said: “I had nine birdies which is my personal record, so I am very happy. Around the tenth and eleventh hole I thought I could win but I didn’t want to watch the leader board as I was trying to keep my concentration.

“There were perfect conditions and I love playing here in Rome. I’m delighted that with Veronica we have two Italians in the top three,” said the 27-year-old, who lives in Nice and loves to dance the Salsa.

“I am playing well at the moment and feeling fit because I have started to follow a training regime. I’ve gained 45 yards on my drives.”

Sandolo has a huge profile following the release of her 2005 calendar and she added that she will be releasing another version next year.

Brooky admitted: “I sort of gave up after six holes because I couldn’t even hit the ball straight. But when I gave up everything started to come back so that just gave me a bit more confidence.

“I’m really looking forward to the next tournament because I love the course and I’ve won twice in France so it should be exciting.”

Scores from the final round below and please see www.ladieseuropeantour.com for the updated Money list and Solheim Cup points.

BMW Ladies Italian Open

Sheraton Golf Parco de' Medici
2nd - 5th June 2005

Final Scoreboard

271 - Iben Tinning (DEN) 69 70 66 66

272 - Veronica Zorzi (ITA) 66 73 67 66

273 - Lynnette Brooky (NZ) 64 71 72 66, Sophie Sandolo (ITA) 69 69 69 66

275 - Ludivine Kreutz (FRA) 65 72 70 68, Asa Gottmo (SWE) 72 66 67 70

276 - Lara Tadiotto (BEL) 71 68 72 65, Marta Prieto (ESP) 66 74 67 69

278 - Karen Margrethe Juul (DEN) 70 70 71 67

279 - Jehanne Jail (FRA) 72 71 71 65, Virginie Auffret (FRA) 72 71 70 66, Rebecca Coakley (IRE) 66 72 71 70, Minea Blomqvist (FIN) 69 69 71 70

280 - Alison Munt (AUS) 71 71 68 70, Elisa Serramia (ESP) 71 70 68 71, Martina Eberl (GER) 69 65 72 74, Ana Larraneta (ESP) 71 69 66 74

281 - Linda Wessberg (SWE) 73 67 73 68, Cherie Byrnes (AUS) 70 72 70 69, Federica Piovano (ITA) 73 71 67 70, Cecilia Ekelundh (SWE) 67 72 70 72

282 - Denise Simon (GER) 74 68 72 68, Lora Fairclough (ENG) 69 73 71 69, Anja Monke (GER) 71 71 70 70, Karen Lunn (AUS) 72 69 70 71

283 - Trish Johnson (ENG) 67 72 72 72, Marine Monnet-Melocco (FRA) 68 72 71 72, Kris Lindstrom (USA) 71 68 71 73, Marianne Skarpnord (NOR) 71 68 71 73

284 - Miriam Nagl (GER) 73 69 73 69, Nicole Stillig-Gogele (GER) 66 71 75 72, Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 71 67 73 73

285 - Isabella Maconi (ITA) 67 73 76 69, Lynn Kenny (SCO) 69 73 71 72, Georgina Simpson (ENG) 70 73 67 75

286 - Maria Boden (SWE) 73 71 74 68, Ana B Sanchez (ESP) 72 69 76 69, Laurette Maritz (SA) 68 71 76 71, Lisa Holm Sorensen (DEN) 70 71 73 72, Anna Highgate (WAL) 69 69 73 75

287 - Susan Parry (USA) 68 73 74 72, Jane Leary (AUS) 73 71 70 73, Sara Beautell (ESP) 70 72 70 75

288 - Katie Bakken (USA) 73 71 75 69, Eleanor Pilgrim (WAL) 72 72 73 71, Diana Luna (ITA) 68 71 76 73, Stefania Croce (ITA) 75 66 74 73, Johanna Waldh (SWE) 71 73 71 73, Helena Alterby (SWE) 71 73 70 74, Riikka Hakkarainen (FIN) 71 73 70 74

289 - Vittoria Valvassori (Am) (ITA) 68 75 76 70, Anne-Marie Knight (AUS) 73 71 75 70, Becky Brewerton (WAL) 72 71 74 72, Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) 67 73 73 76

290 - Karin Borjeskog (SWE) 75 68 74 73, Rikke Rasmussen (DEN) 70 70 75 75, Ellen Smets (BEL) 70 72 71 77

291 - Julie Forbes (SCO) 70 74 73 74, Maria Blomqvist (SWE) 70 73 73 75

292 - Tullia Calzavara (ITA) 71 70 77 74

300 - Sandra Carlborg (SWE) 70 74 79 77

303 - Alessandra De Luigi (Am) (ITA) 70 74 82 77

 

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