Saturday, December 11, 2010

Omega Ladies Dubai Saturday: Iben Tinning Goes Out in Style; Lee-Anne Pace Keeps Money-List Title, In-Kyung Kim Keeps Rookie of the Year

LET veteran Iben Tinning's 4 birdies were enough to hold off Anna Nordqvist and Melissa Reid today at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, giving her the victory in what looks to be her final tournament as a professional golfer. Lower down the leaderboard, money-list leader Lee-Anne Pace played terribly but stuck close enough to Laura Davies to ensure she'd retain the 2010 title, while In-Kyung Kim outplayed Maria Hernandez down the stretch to keep the Rookie of the Year title. Inky's 68 wasn't good enough to keep her clear of Michelle Wie, who tied her for the week with a great 67 (the low round of the day), or catch Christina Kim, who got a top 5 with her 69 and cracked the 100K-euro barrier in the process (as did Nordqvist). Also finishing well was Julieta Granada, who moved up to 56th on the money list with her top-10 finish. And Alexi Thompson hung in there for a top 25 in her 1st LET event.

Here's how the notables ended their years:

1st/-11 Iben Tinning (70-69-69-69)
2nd/-9 Anna Nordqvist (70-68-71-70)
3rd/-8 Melissa Reid (70-70-68-72)
T4/-6 Florentyna Parker (67-75-72-68), Christina Kim (73-68-72-69)
T6/-5 Michelle Wie (71-72-73-67), In-Kyung Kim (69-75-71-68)
8th/-4 Lydia Hall (70-67-72-75)
9th/-3 Julieta Granada (69-74-72-70)
T10/-2 Gwladys Nocera (73-69-73-71), Marianne Skarpnord (69-71-74-72), Louise Stahle (73-72-68-73)

14th/-1 Caroline Masson (75-69-71-72)
T15/E Maria Hernandez (70-72-72-74)
T19/+1 Linda Wessberg (74-72-74-69), Laura Davies (75-73-71-70)
T22/+2 Carin Koch (73-74-73-70), Alexi Thompson (73-74-72-71), Bo-Mi Suh (69-73-76-72), Emma Cabrera-Bello (71-73-72-74), Carling Coffing (70-71-75-74)
T29/+3 Tania Elosegui (71-75-73-72), Maria Verchenova (68-72-78-73)
T31/+4 Carlota Ciganda [a] (73-71-78-70), Frances Bondad (78-70-71-73)
T35/+5 Kristie Smith (74-74-72-73)
T39/+7 Lorie Kane (72-73-76-74)
T41/+8 Veronica Zorzi (70-77-75-74), Anne-Lise Caudal (70-76-75-75)
T45/+9 Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (74-75-77-71), Sophie Giquel (73-72-75-77)
T52/+11 Rebecca Hudson (71-78-78-72), Anja Monke (74-73-79-73), Lee-Anne Pace (73-72-74-80)

Let's see if Ashleigh Simon and Becky Brewerton can make a run at LPGA Q-School today and survive the 72-hole cut to play in the final round tomorrow. They remained in the top 20 on the LET money list despite skipping Dubai, but almost certainly need to break 70 today (and tomorrow) to have a hope of getting LPGA cards worth anything next season.

[Update 1 (10:32 am): Here's bangkokbobby's overview, with photos!]

[Update 2 (10:33 am): The Squire has a photo of a different sort of Carling Coffing over at Golf Babes!]

[Update 3 (10:36 am): And here's Brent Kelley.]

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