Stacey Keating is a country girl from Victoria and she just may be Australia’s next golfing hero.
Greg Norman is probably the biggest Australian name in golf history with his 33 PGA Tour titles a two majors, while others such as Steve Elkington and Geoff Ogilvy have shared in success. Karrie Webb owned the women’s category for a good decade, but she’s had just three wins since 2007. Now it looks like Keating could become the nation’s new big talent.
Keating took out her second consecutive win on the Ladies European Tour on Sunday by claiming a come from behind victory at the French Open.
In what is just her second professional season, Keating rallied from three shots down to collect a six-under-par 64 in the final round, beating Italy's Diana Luna in the process.
Keating's win moves her up to sixth on the Ladies European Tour money list with a total of 47,045 euros ($190,100) in prize money won this season.
A run of birdies early and late gave Keating the push she needed to catch Luna. She produced birdies from holes two through six and then again from holes 14 to 17.
It almost all went wrong when a loud siren went off at the worst possible moment on the last hole causing her to produce a bogey, but Luna in turn missed a short ranged putt for par.
Keating won the Spanish Open a fortnight ago in a playoff against Germany's Caroline Masson.
The 26-year-old Keating was happy to have the controversy of the British Open (she was disqualified for signing an incorrect score) behind her.
“After the disappointment of the British I was really low in confidence, but obviously not now, so I'm very happy,” she said.
“I've been playing well leading up to the British as well so it was just how I was going to handle it mentally as well I guess.
“I had no expectations because I was so disappointed and that hurt me a lot. Nothing on the golf course can hurt me like that now.”
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