Germany’s Caroline Masson took centre stage at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Carnoustie last week when she played in the final group with world number one Yani Tseng having led by two strokes going into the last round.
She eventually tied for fifth place, seven shots behind Tseng who retained the title, but will hope to take the spotlight once again at the Ladies Irish Open hosted by Failte Ireland at Killeen Castle this week.
“I’m still playing well, which doesn’t mean that I’m going to win a tournament now, but I feel comfortable and confident, so I’m just hoping for another good finish this week. It’s a new week and I’m going to start over again,” Masson said.
“It was cool. It takes a few days to realise when it’s so quick and after your round, it was a great experience and was nice to get so much support from all the people, the spectators and the other players and the LET players and LET in general. It was a great week for me.
“I’m definitely proud of what I did and I proved that I can play with the best players in the world and beat some of them. That gives you confidence of course but I still know that golf is a sport where you can play really well one week and play not so well the other week. I want to focus on the game and not think about what I achieved last week, because it’s a whole new week.”
“Of course I was nervous. It wasn’t that I was that nervous that I couldn’t play, it was just my putting wasn’t as good. That’s actually why I didn’t score and play that well. It was a great experience. I was thinking, keep playing, make some birdies and don’t give up. That’s what I did a few times before and that’s why I am pleased with my performance even on Sunday because I was fighting and I made two birdies at the end, which gave me a positive feeling and that’s what I’m actually proud of.”
The 22-year-old from Gladbeck near Düsseldorf is yet to win a tournament as a professional, but doesn’t wish to pile any pressure on herself.
“I just want to play well again. A top ten finish or a top five finish would be a good goal I think but I’m realistic. I’m just trying to play well,” she said. “If I have a good week I think I can achieve stuff like that.”