Sweden's Linn Grant has made a strong start to her pro career
Grant bags Belgian title
Sweden’s Linn Grant won her second Ladies European Tour title in just five starts in 2022 after firing a final round 67 on the last day of the Mithra Belgian Ladies Open at Naxhelet Golf Club.
The 22-year-old, who won the Joburg Ladies Open in March, recorded rounds of 66, 68 and 67 to hold off England’s Cara Gainer – who closed with a 64 – by one shot.
Grant maintained her lead on the front nine with birdies on three and nine, before she went toe to toe with Gainer on the back nine. Birdies on 10 and 12, as well as a crucial eagle on 14 put the Swede back in pole position, and a dropped shot on 16 put the duo level before Grant made a par on the last to win her second title with a total of 15-under-par.
“I was playing good all day, but I felt I needed something to get me on top of the leaderboard and I knew Cara was playing so well,” said Grant. “I was a little scared, but I managed to hole that eagle putt and make my way back in for the win. I was checking the leaderboard all the time just making sure everything was under control, which it wasn’t! It wasn’t under control, but I tried my best to keep up with her. On the last hole, I knew I just had to do my own thing.”
Gainer, who is attached to Castle Royal Golf & Country Club, Maidenhead, was delighted with her week’s work and her career-best finish.
She said: “I’m so pleased, if you said I was going to shoot eight-under today I would have taken it straight away. I can’t be disheartened about the finish and Linn [Grant] has played amazing all week, so I’ve got to be happy about the week in general. I did see on the last hole that we were tied, did that add a bit of pressure? I don’t know, but I wanted to see where I stood going into the final hole.
“Yesterday, I struggled a bit with the cameras, but today I thought to take every shot as it comes and make as many birdies as possible because I knew Linn wasn’t going to go backwards, she was only going to go forwards. I gave it a go!”