Finland's Tiia Koivisto claimed the playoff win to claim her first Ladies European Tour title at the Jabra Open in Evian, France. The woman from Valladolid, Carmen Alonso, who led this tournament on the first day, finished tied fifth, 4 strokes behind the Finn after signing in the third and last round 72 strokes for 211.
Tiia Koivisto, results
Playing in the penultimate group, the 28-year-old from Mantsala made a final round of five under par (66) to set the pace at the Evian Resort Golf Club clubhouse. Australian Whitney Hillier signed a card of 69 to join her at 6-under after 54 holes, forcing a playoff at the iconic par-5 18th hole.
Her Finnish LET partner, Sanna Nuutinen, joined Koivisto to caddy for the tiebreaker, returning the favor after Koivisto brought her the bag of clubs when she won the LET Access Series. On the first extra hole, Koivisto holed out for birdie from six feet and took the win.
Koivisto has been an LET card for three years and was the 2020 LET Access Series Order of Merit winner. "Sanna (Nuutinen) caddyed me on the playoff hole and she's one of my best friends, so it great to have her with me to be more relaxed.
We talked about all the shots. I knew that if I made the last putt I could make it, and when it came in, I felt very good, "said the Nordic. With her victory, valued at 37,500 euros, Koivisto earned a place in the Amundi Evian Championship, which will be her first participation in a 'major'
She has also placed fifth in the classification of the LET Race to the Costa del Sol. While Hillier finished second, Leonie Harm and Johanna Gustavsson tied for third at three under par. Pia Babnik, the defending champion, also shot a 66 and tied for fifth with Carmen Alonso at two under par.
Of the rest of the Spanish, position 35 for Luna Sobrón, 37 for Ana Peláez, winner in Madrid three weeks ago, and position 45 for Paz Marfá, Laura Gómez and the Catalan Mireia Prat; Elia Folch, also from Catalonia, finished in 57th place, with Elena Hualde and Harang Lee making the cut.