Australian Sarah Kemp capped off her season with a top 15 finish at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.
Kemp started the day in a share for 9th position but she got off to a rocky start with a bogey on the first hole. A birdie followed on the fourth hole, but another bogey and birdie on the front nine saw the NSW player go out in even par. Unfortunately three bogeys and one birdie on the back nine meant Kemp came home in two-over par.
Kemp finished the tournament at even-par and tied for 13th position.
Pornanong Phatlum conjured a piece of magic on the closing hole to win the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters held under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The 24-year-old from Chaiyaphum in Thailand drilled her approach shot with a 54 degree wedge over the lake guarding the green to within two feet of the cup and holed the birdie putt with little fluster, beating her nearest challenger Stacy Lewis by one shot and becoming the first Thai player to win the season-ending Ladies European Tour event in Dubai.
It was Phatlum who took centre-stage with a stunning charge coming down the stretch to edge past Lewis, who appeared to be on cruise control most of the day. The equation changed on the 17th when the Thai ace drew level with a birdie.
Both players stood on the 18th tee at 14-under, but Phatlum, who carded a closing 66, clinched the title with a birdie while Lewis had to settle for par after her approach from the rough left her with a long birdie putt of around 40 feet.
“I am very excited. I just played my own game and stayed calm under pressure,” said Phatlum after the receiving the winner’s trophy.
“I have learned how to stay focused through meditation which I practice with my brother, who caddies for me,” said Phatlum, who received a cheque for euro 75,000 for her victory, her second on the Ladies European Tour after the 2012 Hero Women’s Indian Open.
Carlota Ciganda of Spain ended seven shots behind Lewis in solo third place, followed by Italian Diana Luna in fourth. The defending champion Shanshan Feng, Laura Davies and Louise Larsson tied for fifth place.
Of the other Australians, Nikki Garrett (73) finished tied for 23rd at four-over, while Nikki Campbell (75) was tied for 31st at six-over. Alison Whitaker was the remaining player in the field, she finished her season off with a 54th placing.
The players will now travel home and have a break for the 2014 ALPG tour gets underway at Yamba on 7th January.