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Rebecca Hudson makes first title defence

England’s Rebecca Hudson defends the Tenerife Ladies Open this week at Golf Costa Adeje, the photogenic sea-side course where she claimed her second Ladies European Tour victory.

“It’s actually the first title I’ve ever defended,” said Hudson, a three-time individual title winner on the LET. “Hungary got cancelled due to money; unfortunately there was no English Open and I didn’t play in the English team at the European Cup so it’s my first one and I’m looking forward to it. It’s lovely to be back in Tenerife.”

Currently ranked 30th on the Henderson Money List with her best finish of 2009 a tie for eighth at the ABN AMRO Ladies Open in the Netherlands, Hudson added: “I’m pretty disappointed with my year so far. I seem to be playing well but scoring quite badly so my chances at the moment I wouldn’t put high but I’ve played the last two days and it’s nice to be somewhere where I’ve won and have got some good feelings. Hopefully I can take that out on Thursday.

“When I missed the cut last week in France I drove home and had a lesson off my pro, Steve Cooper in Gainsborough. It was worth it because he got me extending through the ball, a bit wider swing and generally more timing and a better strike of the ball.

“After I got told that I was a really good putter I seemed to putt really badly. I think it was one of the worst things anyone has ever said to me because then people expect and you expect and it never happens. I started putting poorly so then tried to hit the ball closer and the closer you try to hit the golf ball to the pin, the wider it goes. When you go wide, you chip and don’t hole the putt. It was a bad circle that kept getting worse. I’ve worked hard and hopefully this week I’ll forget everything that’s gone on and have good feelings and work from where I am,” she said.

This year’s tournament marks the eighth staging of the tournament and the third visit to Golf Costa Adeje, where Frenchwoman Ludivine Kreutz won in 2005.

Former champions in the field include Hudson (2008), Riikka Hakkarainen (2006, at Abama Golf), Kreutz (2005) and Elisabeth Esterl (2003, at Golf Las Americas).

England’s Laura Davies is making her debut appearance in Tenerife and is joined her Solheim Cup team mates Tania Elosegui from Spain and Wales’ Becky Brewerton, twice a runner-up on the island.

Past winners of the Tenerife Ladies Open

2008: Rebecca Hudson - England
2007: Nikki Garrett - Australia
2006: Riikka Hakkarainen - Finland
2005: Ludivine Kreutz - France
2004: Diana Luna - Italy
2003: Elisabeth Esterl - Germany
2002: Raquel Carriedo - Spain

September 23, 2009


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