Australian Stacey Keating won her second straight Ladies European Tour title on Sunday, which helped her make a big jump in this week’s women’s world rankings.
Keating soared 37 spots to No. 103.
The top nine was unchanged with Yani Tseng followed by Stacy Lewis, Shanshan Feng, Na Yeon Choi, Jiyai Shin, Inbee Park, Ai Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen and Mika Miyazato.
So Yeon Ryu inched up one spot to No. 10 and that bumped Sun Ju Ahn down a notch to 11th. Amy Yang was 12th again and followed by Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, I.K. Kim, Angela Stanford, Azahara Munoz and Chie Arimura.
Philadelphia, PA – Karrie Webb and Brittany Lincicome exchanged spots with Webb up to 19th….
Keating holed a five-footer for birdie on the 494-yard / 452-metre par five 18th hole at Golf Las Américas after she tied on nine under par with Germany’s Caroline Masson.
“It was a tough day out there and Caroline and I both played well. It was nice to take it to a play-off and then get over the line,” said Keating, 26, from Cressy in Victoria.
Keating closed with a two under par 70 to come from a stroke behind Masson but it was a close final round duel in hot and windy conditions, with temperatures at 29C.
The pair tied for the lead after two holes and the lead exchanged several times before Masson made a mistake in the play-off by hitting her second shot into a water hazard. Her third came up short in the rough while Keating hit a superb approach shot to five feet short of the flag.
“All day it was very close and Caroline holed some putts when she needed to so it was nice and it’s always nice to birdie the play-off hole,” said Keating, in her second year as a professional.
- Keating takes Europe by storm – The Australian
- Keating in stunning French Open victory – Geelong Advertiser
- Keating wins again – Fox News
- Stacey Keating racks up second straight LET title at Lacoste Ladies Open De … – bettor.com (blog)