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Iben Tinning wins the Nykredit Masters

Denmark's Iben Tinning delighted the home fans by claiming her third victory of the season on the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour at the inaugural Nykredit Masters at Kokkedal GC, near Copenhagen.

Tinning shots rounds of 70, 68, 70 and 65 to finish with a two stroke margin of victory at 15 under par and win €30,000 in prize winnings.

England 's Lora Fairclough finished in outright second with rounds of 65, 69, 75 and 66 and finished at 13 under par (273).

Sweden 's Cecilia Ekelundh finished in third position after rounds of 67, 70, 69 and 70 gave her a total of 12 under par. Ekelundh became the first ever winner of a "Volvo Cross Country Challenge" Order-of Merit (VXCC) and received US$25,000 and a Volvo XC 70.

"It was especially nice to receive this gift so close to home and in Scandinavia ," said Ekelundh, who amassed a total of 306.67 points. Tinning came second and Lisa Holm Sorensen from Denmark came third in the ranking.

It was Tinning's sixth career victory and will bring the Dane added confidence before she jets off to the USA for her third Solheim Cup tomorrow.

"I'm really looking forward to it, and I feel a bit calmer knowing what its all about now," said Tinning, who also triumphed at the Open de Espana Femenino in May and the BMW Ladies Italian Open in June, earlier this season.

Tinning was presented with her trophy, a salver made of sterling silver designed by Arne Jacobsen by H.R.H the Crown Princess Mary.

"Obviously winning in your own country is an amazing feeling and the crowd was fantastic", said Tinning.

"I have been very happy with all my wins but the crowd is a little more crazy here and that's fantastic."

Tinning started the day two shots behind Ekelundh, at eight under par, but tied for the lead at the turn after she went out in 31 (-5). On the front nine, she birdied the third and fourth holes, followed by an eagle at the sixth and another birdie at the ninth, which took her to thirteen under alongside Ekelundh.

Then the tables dramatically turned as Ekelundh dropped three shots in two holes on the back nine, with a double bogey at the tenth and a bogey at the 11 th , where Tinning scored another birdie to take her to fourteen under par.

The Swede recovered slightly with a birdie at the 13 th but by then Tinning was still three shots clear of both Ekelundh and Blomqvist.

The Swede moved closer with a birdie at the 14 th , but failed to pull clear when her next birdie at the 15 th was matched by Tinning's.


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