Ladies European Tour rookie Camille Chevalier became the first-time winner at the Hero Women’s Indian Open in Gurgaon courtesy a back-nine birdie blitz. The 23-year-old from carded five birdies in her last eight holes on the Gary Player-designed Black Knight Golf Course at DLF Golf and Country Club to finish at 12-under-par, edging out overnight leader Michele Thomson from Scotland with one stroke.
Chevalier started the final round three strokes behind Thomson who had built a five-stroke lead by the 8th hole and looked certain to bag the title. Thomson, however, then made back-to-back bogeys on 10 and 11, while Chevalier birdied 11 and 12.
There was a three-shot swing on the 14th, which Thomson double bogeyed after blocking her drive and Chevalier birdied to gain a share of the lead at 10-under.
Although Thomson made a gain on 16, Chevalier birdied the last two holes, denying Thomson on the 18th.
“I’m really happy because I’m a rookie and I just won a tournament, so it’s awesome. This is my first win on tour so I’m really happy and I can’t wait to celebrate with my friends.
“I think making the final putt was the only time I felt nervous,” Chevalier said. “It was 65 metres and I hit a 58-degree wedge over the water. I wanted to hit the slope so it would roll back and luckily it did, to around a metre from the flag.
“I really didn’t get affected by anything, because I didn’t expect that I was going to win. I was more concerned about keeping my card for the LET next year, because I was border line, so I’m really happy to be keeping my card because I was so stressed about it.”
Anne Van Dam, Carlota Ciganda and Sarah Kemp shared third place, three strokes back. Van Dam was feeling slightly hard done by after her 67. The LET now heads to China for the Sanya Ladies Open in Hainan.