• Pamela Pretswell shoots five-over to finish in a tie for sixth
• Melissa Reid completes impressive wire-to-wire victory
KYLIE WALKER | SALLY WATSON | PAMELA PRETSWELL
Scottish golfers Kylie Walker and Sally Watson recorded their best finishes of the 2015 Ladies European Tour season so far at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open – where Melissa Reid completed an impressive wire-to-wire victory.
The pair finished in a tie for third, with Walker moving up the leaderboard on the final day with a one-under par 72 to finish on six-under overall, while Watson, who started Wednesday’s round third outright, was two-over for her round after carding a 68 on day three.
Speaking after her round, Watson said: "I'm pleased. I was three shots back at the start of the day and with the wind and tough conditions it was tough to put a low score together to catch Melissa. I can’t complain with a third-placed finish - highest of the year so far."
Pamela Pretswell was just one shot back from Reid at the start of the day’s play but got off to the worst possible start with a double-bogey on the second and bogeys on the third and fifth.
The Bothwell Castle golfer failed to really recover from her early setback and a bogey at the last meant she finished with a five-over par 78 and in a tie for sixth place – her fifth top 15 finish on the Ladies European Tour in 2015.
Carly Booth also finished in the top ten but disappointed in the final two rounds with a pair of 75s, which followed two three-under par rounds of 70 on the opening two days.
Reid, who along with Walker is coached by bunkered tuition panel member Kevin Craggs, was rarely troubled throughout her final round after Pretswell’s poor start and she stormed to a four-shot victory - her fifth Ladies European Tour win overall and first for almost three years - with France’s Gwladys Nocera alone in second.
Craggs was clearly delighted with Reid’s success, and tweeted:
The event at Carya GC was the first on any major golf tour to finish on a Wednesday and was considered a pioneering move by the Ladies European Tour to boost the profile of women’s golf both on television and at the event.
The move was backed by Dame Laura Davies – who finished alongside Walker and Watson in third – and the final round was broadcast live on Sky Sports from 12pm until the tournament’s conclusion.
Ladies European Tour :: Wednesday finish
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