Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen held on to clinch her first Ladies European Tour victory in the Helsingborg Open at Vasatorps GC in Sweden.
Four in front overnight, the second year LET player closed with a two-over-par 75 in tough and windy conditions to end 12 under and one stroke clear of South African Ashleigh Simon, with fellow Dane Malene Jorgensen a shot further behind in third.
After three birdies in her first six holes, Broch Larsen held a commanding seven-stroke lead, but the back nine was full of drama.
Her advantage began to slip from the 10th, where there was a two-stroke swing and she bogeyed while Simon birdied, but the powerful Dane recovered by making a long birdie putt on the 11th green.
Simon responded by picking up a shot at the 12th, but it was the par-4 13th where Broch Larsen opened the door with a double bogey after driving her ball into water. She three-putted the 17th and was only two strokes clear with a hole to play.
On 18, Simon nearly holed her bunker shot for birdie, but a tap-in bogey from Broch Larsen was just enough to seal the first prize of € 37,500 and a wire to wire victory.
The win made up for the heartbreak of narrowly missing out on victory in Pilsen three weeks ago and she has now earned a place in next week’s Evian Championship, which is the final major of the year.
Doncaster’s Rebecca Hudson was 34th, 15 shots back, after rounds of 72 75 75 73.
Cleckheaton’s georgina Simpson missed the cut after scores of 79 77.