Pace inside top 20 in Aramco Team Series-NYC

Lee-Anne Pace finished the Ladies European Tour’s Aramco Team Series New York City in a share of 17th on Saturday after a closing round of one-over-par 73.

After she had opened with a four-under 68, followed it with a second-round two-over 74, she made an eagle, two birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey in the final round to finish the tournament on one-under, 11 shots behind the winner Charley Hull of England. Hull closed with a seven-under 65 to beat out world number one Nelly Korda by one stroke.

After starting her round with four consecutive birdies, the Solheim Cup star Hull carded a flawless round with seven birdies to catapult her to 12-under-par and win the individual title – her third LET victory. “I was playing well the first couple of days, but today I really got it going. It was tricky conditions out there, so that is probably one of the best rounds I have played ever. I was very proud of myself and to finish with a birdie I’m very happy,” said the 25-year-old.

Team Jessica Korda clinched victory after they beat Team Popov in a two-hole play-off at Glen Oaks Club. After starting the day two strokes behind the overnight leaders, Jessica Korda, Karolin Lampert, Lina Boqvist and amateur Alexandra O’Laughlin produced another solid round to finish with a total of 41-under-par.

With the sun having set in New York, captain Korda headed to the floodlit 17th to compete in the playoff against Sophia Popov and her par was enough to clinch her second LET title, while it was a first LET title for Lampert and Boqvist.

Stacy Lee Bregman closed with a three-under 69 to finish in a share of 33rd, while Lejan Lewthwaite’s one-under 71 gave her a share of 69th.

Team Pace ended in a tie for fourth place on 35-under-par while four teams were a shot further back on 34-under-par.

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