Keating takes second in LET event

Stacey Keating
Stacey Keating during the weekend.

Victorian Stacey Keating finished tied-second in the Ladies European Tour's Tipsport Golf Masters at the weekend.

Keating, who went into the final round with the lead, was overtaken by Nanna Koerstz Madsen of Denmark, who closed with a 65 in the Czech Republic.

Madsen, the 21-year-old second year professional from Smoerum fired six birdies – the best round of the day at Golf Park Pilsen – to end on 15-under-par and five strokes ahead of Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell and Keating.

Pretswell and Keating both holed massive birdie putts on 18 to go into joint second, while Sweden’s Linda Wessberg tied for fourth with Swiss amateur Albane Valenzuela.

Madsen began the final round a stroke behind Keating but made a hot start with three birdies in her first seven holes. She birdied the second to tie for the lead and then made a four footer at the fifth to go one ahead. Another birdie on the seventh saw her establish a two stroke lead over Keating and a fourth birdie from long range on the par-4 12th gave her a three stroke lead.

When play was suspended at 14.51 due to severe weather, Sweden’s Linda Wessberg was only two strokes behind. Madsen was about to step over a two foot birdie putt on 14 that would re-establish her three shot lead, but had to wait almost two hours as the storms passed through before she could roll it in to move to 14-under-par.

After the break, Wessberg made her par putt on 16 to stay in the running but she then bogeyed the final two holes, giving Madsen a five stroke cushion.

Madsen birdied the 17th, stretching her lead to a massive six shots before Pretswell and Keating birdied the 18th. It was then a march to victory for the Olympic hopeful.

“It’s been a good week,” said Madsen. “I played really solid with two bogey-free rounds and not a lot of bad shots. I just tried to stay calm and enjoy leading, having fun with my caddie. I thought I would have been more nervous, but I wasn’t that nervous at all.”

Keating is now seventh on the LET money list.

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