Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lee-Anne Pace Goes from Missed Cut at U.S. Women's Open to Runner-Up in South African Women's Open

I thought Inbee Park getting a top 10 on the JLPGA just one week after competing in the U.S. Women's Open would be the most impressive defiance of jet lag I'd witness today, but Lee-Anne Pace may have outdone her!  The South African flew home right after missing the cut at the U.S. Women's Open to compete in a new LET event, the South African Women's Open, and bounced back from an opening 75 with a 71 and a 70 on the weekend to just miss catching winner Caroline Masson.  In very windy conditions, Masson, Pace, and Danielle Montgomery were the only players  in the entire field to finish at par or better for the week.  Lindsey Wright and Ashleigh Simon finished in a group tied for 6th at +2, while South African Melissa Eaton-Jackson, who's had some success on the Futures Tour in the past, fired the round of the week, a 68 that snagged her a top 10.

Pace was the LET's money-list leader in 2010 on the strength of her 5 wins between June and October.  She fell to 5th last season and will probably crack this year's top 10 on the strength of this week's play.

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