Home win for Juul in Danish Masters

Denmark’s Karen Margrethe Juul held off a final-day challenge from Laura Davies to clinch victory at the Nykredit Danish Masters.

Denmark’s Karen Margrethe Juul held off a final-day challenge from Laura Davies to clinch victory at the Nykredit Danish Masters.

Davies shot a best-of-the-day 66 and shared second place with English colleague Trish Johnson at the Odense Golf Club.

But the home player clinched her first Ladies’ European Tour victory after a closing 68 gave her a 15-under-par total of 273.

Davies made four successive birdies early in her round and seven altogether, including one at the long 18th.

The 42-year-old finished 11 under par for the tournament, the same mark as Johnson whose 68 including four birdies in a row from the 13th.

For Davies, who won the SAS Masters in Norway two weeks ago, it was an eighth top-10 finish from 10 starts in Europe this season and imprived her chances of winning the New Star order of merit for a record seventh time.

She will make her final appearance of the season in Austria next weekend.

“I was six shots behind Karen at the start of the day and did my best to catch up,” said Davies. “But she played really well and deserved to win.”

Juul, in her fifth season on tour, started the final day two shots clear and made her move with birdies at the third and fourth.

She dropped a shot at the fifth but more birdies at the sixth and eighth saw her reach the turn in 33 – five shots ahead.

With Davies and Johnson threatening, Juul put the seal on a maiden tour win by holing a 15-foot putt for eagle at the long 15th.

“It’s great to win my first tour title, especially in front of my home crowd,” said the player who had a standout amateur career which included a victory in the 1997 British Open Strokeplay Championship.

It was an impressive tournament for the Danish players, with Amanda Moltke-Leth taking fourth place on nine under after a 71, and last year’s winner, Iben Tinning, finishing in joint sixth on seven under after a 70.

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