Reto’s 5-under finish takes her to 15th in BMW Ladies Championship

Oct 23, 2022 | Featured, South Africans abroad

Paula Reto closed in a rush on Sunday with a five-under-par 67 taking her to nine-under-par and a share of 15th in the LPGA Tour’s BMW Ladies Championship in the Republic of Korea.

Reto made seven birdies and two bogeys in a final round that was only topped by winner Lydia Ko, who carded a seven-under-par 65 to get to 21-under-par and a four-stroke win over Andrea Lee of the United States.

Reto backed up rounds of 72-70-70 to climb 29 places on the leaderboard, and finish just one stroke outside the top 10. She made three birdies in the first seven holes, on the second, fifth and seventh, before dropping her first shot on the ninth. There were three more birdies after the turn, on the 11th, 13th and 14th, and he second bogey came on the 16th. She followed that drop with her final birdie on the 17th.

It was a week during which she would have wished for better form with her putter, especially in the first round where she had 34 putts in her 72. There were 29 putts in that final round, and, having hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation for her best performance of the week in that department, she would have hoped for better.

Behind Reto, Ashleigh Buhai closed with her best round of the week as she signed for a three-under 69 to move to two-over for the tournament and a share of 59th in the 78-player field.

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