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Final Round Interviews from the Open de España
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From left: Lee-Anne Pace, Mikaela Parmlid, Joanna Klatten, Carlota Ciganda, Marta Silva and leading amateur Emily Pedersen.

Lee-Anne Pace (1st) 67 69 68 71=275

How do you assess your round?

I started really well obviously on the front nine and then, nine, I just lost a bit of concentration, three putted that, but I was still well ahead and quite calm. Ten, a wayward drive but I made a good putt, a good recovery and nearly birdied number 11. Another wayward shot on 12 but then I came in quite nicely, made some good shots. On 17 I went straight at the pin and probably should have gone a little bit right but I had a small draw and a mental error cost me two shots but I’m really happy I won.

When it flew out of the bunker on 17, did you think your chance had gone?

No, no. Definitely not. The bunker was actually quite hard and had a bit of a bounce. I thought it was going to be softer. It flew over. Then I had a fluffy lie. I think it hit somebody over the green so thank you to the guy who stopped my ball. I didn’t think that. I was still one ahead playing the last so I was quite comfortable playing the last hole.

What was going through your mind when you were standing on the tee box on 18?

I thought, re-group, recover, you’ve been hitting it well all week so smash it down the middle and there you go.

That was probably the type of putt you want to win a title, wasn’t it?

That was perfect. A little bit downhill so I hit it too hard and not enough break, so yeah, loved it.

How are you going to sustain it over the next couple of weeks with some big tournaments coming up?

Winning this week gives me a lot of confidence for next week and hopefully the British Open. I’ve just been working really hard with my coaches on my swing, trying to hit the ball both ways, hitting a lot of greens.

You mentioned the British Open. Are you looking forward to taking on the Old Course?

Yeah. I have never been there before so really looking forward to that; very excited and I think my caddie has already got a game plan so really looking forward to that.

Mikaela Parmlid (2nd) 69 71 66 70=276

You had a great week but I sense you’re disappointed.

Yes, a bit disappointed, but Lee-Anne played great. She putted amazing on the front nine so it was hard to keep up with her. I really put my mind to trying to keep up with her. Maybe forced it a little bit too much, but in the end I had a chance and the last chip was very close.

What was your game plan going into the last round?

I just make birdies and be aggressive. I know I can make birdies and I know I can do it. I can play well under pressure so I wanted to, but oh well, next time.

What positives do you take out of this week?

Oh, I have so many positives. I hit the ball really, really well and I shifted my putting three weeks ago to left hand low and that has just made the world of difference for me. I’m putting so much better.

Is it difficult to juggle being a mum and top level golf?

Yes it is, but it’s maybe more satisfying, when you play well. You don’t have as much time any more, but maybe that’s better. You make use of your time, so when you have three hours of practice, you’ve got to practice for three hours.

Joanna Klatten (3rd) 69 71 67 72=279

Tell me about your round.

I started off not so well. I was pretty nervous to be honest. It had been a while since I had been contending in a tournament so nerves get to you, but I managed to calm down and found my game again after a few holes. I played alright and did the best I could, so no regrets.

I’m extremely happy about my week. I really couldn’t have expected better than this, because I wasn't even sure I was going to play this week because of my tendonitis. I ended up coming over without any expectations and it worked out really well.

You can’t help but notice that your arm is heavily strapped. Is that a problem?

It’s actually alright because we’re lucky to have a very good physio on tour and he’s been looking after me every day. It’s getting better and I’m taking strong anti-inflammatories so it’s alright. I’m just not allowed to practice after each round, but its feeling good.

It’s been a busy time coming up, will it be okay?

I think so. I might have to pull out of British Open qualifying but we’ll see how it goes. The ground is so hard there it could hurt more so I’ll see how it goes the next few days and make a decision then.

 

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