Oct 8, 2012

Lacoste Ladies Open de France - "Surreal" Second Win for Stacey Keating

Australia's Stacey Keating, won the 2012 Lacoste Ladies Open de France yesterday, and received the trophy with her caddie/boyfriend, Darren Peters, looking on.

European Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal and former world number one Lorena Ochoa... who has inspired the Aussie golfer for years... were also present.  

For the 26-year-old Keating this win makes two in a row, after her very recent maiden victory at the LET's Tenerife Open de Espana.  Today's final round was a nail-biter to the end:

Australian Stacey Keating came from three shots behind overnight leader Diana Luna of Italy to capture the Lacoste Ladies Open de France at Chantaco Golf Club on Sunday.  
The 26-year-old from Cressy, Victoria, recorded her second straight win on the Ladies European Tour after she earned her maiden title at the Tenerife Ladies Open de Espana a fortnight previously. 
Playing in the penultimate group, Keating was quick out of the blocks with four birdies in a row from the second to catch Luna. The Italian then made four straight birdies from the fifth to get to 15 under but dropped a shot on 10, opening the door again.  
After Keating bogeyed the 13th, Luna was two clear of the Australian but Keating birdied 14, 16 and 17 to move one ahead with a hole to play.  Keating thought she’d blown it when she bogeyed 18, but then watched Luna do the same, missing a five foot par putt which would have forced a play-off. Heartbroken Luna was forced to settle for her third straight second place finish in three years at the same tournament. 
Meanwhile, Keating described the feeling as ‘surreal.’

Stacey Keating's  back-to-back wins are remarkable in themselves, but the fact that she was able to achieve them just weeks after her disappointing disqualification at the British Open (for accidentally signing an incorrect scorecard) is a testament to her resiliency.