Nocera wins in Scotland

France’s Gwladys Nocera claimed a two-shot victory at the Scottish Open today - her sixth women’s European Tour success inside two years.

The 32-year-old from Biarritz shot rounds of 69, 70 and 69 at The Carrick on Loch Lomond for a five-under-par total of 208.

Sweden’s Maria Boden recorded a career-best finish of second on three-under after a final round of 69, while England’s Rebecca Hudson’s 68 enable her to tie for third on two-under with Austria’s Nicole Gergely (69).

Nocera tied for the lead with Boden after the first round and was a stroke clear of the field going into the final day.

She birdied the second hole to take a two stroke advantage and maintained her lead in dry but cold conditions.

Nocera carded back-to-back birdies at the seventh and eighth holes and after a three-putt bogey at the ninth she held a three-stroke lead over five players at the turn.

Coming in, she birdied the tenth but then bogeyed 12 and 14 to move back to four-under-par and her lead was narrowed to a stroke with one hole to play.

She sealed the victory with an impressive birdie at the 407-yard par-four last, where she hit her drive 317 yards and then holed from 20 feet.

Nocera, who now lives in Lausanne, Switzerland, said after she had been pushed to play better by keeping an eye on the leader boards.

She explained: “There were a lot of good scores.

“The thing that was hard was that they were done playing and I had to deal with the situation. I just thought about doing the best I could.”

After finishing second and third on the tour’s money rankings over the last two seasons, Nocera added: “My goal when I started the season was to win the money list because I haven’t won it yet.”

Hudson, the 2006 OTP Bank Ladies Central European Open champion, recorded her third top-10 finish in three starts this year, excluding her win in the European Cup.

But she was slightly disappointed to have missed a three-foot par putt for a share of second place.

Hudson said: “I had to go for that putt. It’s one of those things.

“I hit 18 greens in regulation and can’t fault that. I hadn’t holed any putts until the back nine then I got another good run going.

“I am playing well. I’ve hit the ball tee to green really well.

“Another top 10 and I’ll keep working away...looking towards the Solheim Cup next year. I missed out last year and I want to be in that team next year.”

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