Australia’s Rebecca Artis won the Helsingborg Open on Sunday for her first Ladies European Tour victory.
Five strokes behind leader Caroline Hedwall at the start of the round, the 24-year-old Artis shot a 3-under-par 69 for a one-stroke victory over Hedwall. Artis finished at 8-under 280 on Vasatorp course.
”It was a great day out there. I played solid golf all day and to walk away with a win is unbelievable,” Artis said. ”I just had to go out there and play steady early and see if I could make a couple of birdies early on. . . . I’d like to say I’m not surprised. It’s a lot of hard work that goes into winning a golf tournament.”
Hedwall, the Swedish star who was a record 5-0 last month in the Solheim Cup in Europe’s blowout victory over the United States, finished with a 75.
”This is not how I wanted it to end, but I’m very happy for Rebecca,” Hedwall said. ”She played awesome today, and it just wasn’t meant to be this time. Obviously, it was my putting. I didn’t make anything.”
Artis earned a spot in the Evian Championship, the final major championship of the year. The event begins Thursday in Evian-les-Bains, France.