Hudson birdie blitz stymies her compatriot Reid to warm the home fires
Monday 07 July 2008
Rebecca Hudson captured her second title in the space of three weeks with a final round 64 at the weather-interrupted English Open. The Englishwoman came from four shots behind her compatriot, overnight leader Melissa Reid – who has been mentored by Sir Clive Woodward, the British Olympic Association's director of elite performance – to take the title by a stroke on a wet and windy day at The Oxfordshire Golf Club.
The 29-year-old from Doncaster fired eight birdies on the Thame course, with four on the front nine and four on the back, for a 10-under-par 206 total. Hudson's win, which followed her recent triumph at the Tenerife Open, was her third Tour win on after a maiden title in Hungary in 2006. She said: "Back-to-back wins, I can't believe it. To win in your home country is just fantastic. It's wonderful. And to have two English players at the top is something special as well.
"At the beginning of the day I knew that someone would have to shoot low to catch Mel but I didn't think this would happen."
As in Tenerife, Hudson employed her friend and fellow professional Kirsty Fisher as her caddie for the final round. She added: "We lined up the putts well, we worked well together. We didn't fight the wind, we worked with it." Playing in the final pairing, one group behind Hudson, Reid fired a final round 69 and finished on nine-under.
She missed a 10-foot birdie putt to catch Hudson on the par-five 17th and then had to settle for a par at the last after pulling her approach into the rough.
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