Golf: Lunn is worthy winner

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KAREN LUNN completed the second leg of an Australian double started by Greg Norman when she won an emphatic victory in the Weetabix British Women's Open with a final round of 67 over the Duke's course here yesterday.

Lunn, who almost gave up as a professional golfer 13 months ago, collected a pounds 50,000 winner's cheque when her 17-under-par total of 275 left her eight strokes clear of the American Brandie Burton with Scotland's Kathryn Marshall in third place on 286. A third round of 68 on Saturday had given Lunn a five-stroke cushion.

Lunn's transformation has been remarkable. She was persuaded to stick at the game by Laura Davies, who suggested that the Sydney golfer seek help from the Moor Park professional, Lawrence Farmer. He worked on building a more compact swing and with confidence restored Lunn then won the final tournament of last year and in Malaysia won the opening event of this season. The following week she lost a play-off against Davies in the Thailand Open, since when she has played on the LPGA Tour in America.

Yesterday the Australian never veered from her plan of playing aggressive golf. After a birdie at the fourth, it was at the 436-yard sixth hole where Lunn really turned the screw by striking a two-iron to within 30 feet for an eagle three. She put the issue beyond doubt with four birdies in five holes when she turned for home.

WEETABIX BRITISH WOMEN'S OPEN (Woburn) Leading final-round scores (GB or Irl unless stated): 275 K Lunn (Aus) 71 69 68 67. 283 B Burton (US) 75 70 68 70. 286 K Marshall 73 71 69 73. 287 J Geddes (US) 76 75 72 64; Li Wen-Lin (Tai) 70 71 74 72. 289 P Sheehan (US) 75 70 72 72. 290 M-L de Lorenzi (Fr) 73 77 72 68; L Davies 69 76 75 70; C Nilsmark (Swe) 76 71 74 69; S Strudwick 72 71 73 74. 291 A Nicholas 74 73 70 74. 293 D Reid 76 75 74 68; T Johnson 72 75 77 69; H Alfredsson (Swe) 77 71 74 71; C Hjalmarsson (Swe) 77 74 68 74. 294 S Gronberg (Swe) 76 70 79 69; K Orum (Den) 75 72 73 74; S Gautrey (Aus) 76 75 69 74. 295 C Duffy 75 76 71 73; R Hast 77 71 72 75. 296 J Soulsby 76 75 73 72; C Figg-Currier (US) 75 75 72 74. 297 * P Meunier (Fr) 73 76 77 71; G Stewart 74 75 76 72; * J Morley 77 74 74 72; V Michaud (Fr) 79 73 70 75. 298 T Abitbol (Sp) 77 74 74 73; K Cathrein (US) 74 76 73 75; X Wunsch (Sp) 73 79 71 75; * N Buxton 74 74 74 76; A Gottmo (Swe) 77 70 74 77; F Dassu (It) 70 75 75 78; D Hanna 74 73 73 78. 299 S Waugh (Aus) 77 75 74 73; L Neumann (Swe) 74 72 80 73; C Hall 75 71 75 78.* denotes amateur

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