Georgia Hall Aramco beat Saudi Ladies International by five shots at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in Jeddah.
Hall fired 69, 69 and 68 rounds before entering the final day with a five-shot cushion, an advantage he eventually maintained to finish at 71 with 11 under. The victory earned the Hampshire player the title of the second Ladies European Tour with her Women’s Open win in 2018.
Hall, who built five birdies and four bogeys on the way to a commanding win, said: “Sometimes it’s not always easy to take such a big lead on the last day – it puts a little too much pressure on you, but I was really happy with the way I handled myself today.
“The front nine played a little easier today, as the wind was lower than ours, so I tried to take advantage of it to take me further and that kind of settled me down. Leading all week is very special. I think the first round was really very important because it really set me up for the rest of the week. It’s great to win under my belt so early in the season. I really like this place and I love golf courses. “
Sweden’s Johanna Gustavsson and Czech Rocky Christina Napoleova ended the tie for second place in the six-under-par, five shots behind the winning hall. It was an amazing week for Napoliaover, a former AC Sparta footballer who only started playing golf in 2016.
“It’s like a dream. I didn’t expect to get into the event and what happened this week seems like a fairy tale to me, “said the 25-year-old. “It was an incredible week. I am very grateful to be here. I can’t wait to get back. I think everyone wants to win and I hope one day it will come to me anytime soon. “
Emily Christine Pedersen of Denmark, who won the event in 2020, was fourth in the five-under after the final round of 67, while Carlotta Siganda of Spain was one shot behind in fifth. American Kelly Howley created a spectacular final day performance that equaled the course record of 63 and set a record of eight birdies in a row in an LET tournament. The 24-year-old catapulted himself into the final leaderboard as he finished the tie for sixth place in the 3-under.
Holey said: “This is the best round of my tournament. My goal today was just to enjoy and have fun, my first international professional event. I have never done eight birdies in a row. Something memorable for anyone. Once I made about four or five birdies, I said, ‘OK, you’re in it now. You can’t stop. ‘ I was just giving myself a chance and it was a lot of fun. I think stress can come to you in this situation, and it becomes almost horrible, but I really came close today just to enjoy every shot and try to find out something about every hole of my choice. “