Working For Golf Ambassador Suzann Pettersen captures Irish Open title in style
New R&A - Working For Golf Ambassador, Suzann Pettersen, produced a remarkable performance to top the field at the Ladies Irish Open at Killeen Castle, Co Meath. The world’s number three followed up a solid opening 71 and a stunning second-round, course record 9-under-par 63, with a superb final-round 64 to win the tournament on 18-under-par, six shots clear of runner-up Azahara Munoz Guijarro from Spain.
This was the Norwegian’s second Irish Open title after she won the tournament at Portmarnock Links in 2008. However, Pettersen may have not have added her twelfth worldwide career victory, had it not been for a late decision to travel to Ireland. The 30-year-old originally had planned to have a week’s break from the LPGA Tour, but decided at the last minute to play the event to ensure she reached the required number of tournaments to make her eligible for selection for next month’s Solheim Cup team.
Pettersen was tied for the lead going into the final round at Killeen Castle with Dutch player Dewi Claire Schreefel. Pettersen soon moved clear of Schreefel, and looked in total control throughout the final day’s play carding eight birdies in a bogey-free round.
“It’s been a great week; it’s been a short week...I just really like the way this course is playing, a little bit firmer. I played great with my putter and it was really nice and hot,” said Pettersen, who has now sealed her place in the European Solheim Cup team for the upcoming encounter with the United States, which is coincidentally being held at Killeen Castle.
Pettersen was announced as The R&A’s new Working For Golf Ambassador at The Open Championship at Royal St Georges last month. Suzann joins two-time Open Champion Padraig Harrington in this role, where they aim to promote the work of The R&A worldwide, supporting a series of Working For Golf initiatives.
The R&A will now support the Suzann Junior Challenge event in Norway, organised with the Norwegian Golf Federation and now in its eighth year.