Gold Boeljon: Solheim Star Steals Title With Late Birdie
By Conor Nagle under LPGA

Boeljon birdied the last to take the trophy.

Christel Boeljon, who helped anchor the European team at last year’s Solheim Cup, claimed her second Ladies European Tour victory this afternoon with a birdie at the final hole of the Gold Coast RACV Australian Masters.

Tied for the lead with three others, including playing partner and reigning US Open champion Seo Yeon Ryu (whose imperious performance in the opening rounds had given way to a weekend of imprecise ball-striking and tentative putting), after 71 holes, the 24-year-old approached the final hole, a reachable par-5, convinced that a birdie would prove enough sufficient to break the deadlock.

Safely aboard the par-5 in two, Boeljon watched as Ryu limped to a clumsy par before two-putting from distance to record a tournament-winning four and a final round of 68.

Her final putt, from all of five feet, proved more taxing than she’d hoped.

“My first putt, I was not really happy: it was a bit far away for my liking,” she told ABC TV.

“I was better make a two putt and birdie and then it might be mine… It’s not over ‘till it’s over.  I am really happy I finished with a birdie and it’s unbelievable.”

Diana Luna (67) and Ha-Neul Kim (67) finished alongside Ryu (72) in a tie for second place.

Conor Nagle