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Johnson Wins 2011 Ladies Open de France

Final hurdle defeat for Luna once again in Paris

Posted Oct 04, 2011 by Chris White

Felicity Johnson won the 2011 Ladies Open de France in Paris

In a nail-biting finish to the 2011 Lacoste Ladies Open de France, it was heartbreak for the second year in a row for Diana Luna, as Felicity Johnson held her nerve to hole a part on the first playoff hole to take the title.

Italian Luna must feel like this competition is always going to be just out of her reach, losing the 2010 competition on the first playoff hole also, to Trish Johnson. This time, it was the 24-year old from England who took the title and the €37,500 prize – her second victory on the Ladies European Tour.

Johnson produced a final round 67 to finish with a total on 274, 14-under par, but Luna had the chance to win the tournament with a birdie putt on the final green from around 15 feet, but she could only par the final hole, sending the duo back to the 18th tee.

The pair opened the playoff with two poor drives – Luna finding the woods, losing her ball in the process, while Johnson found the bunker. She did recover to land short of the island green with her second stroke, and then took charge of the hole with Luna suffering a penalty for losing her ball.

Johnson safely cleared the water, and then two-putted for victory.

The 24-year old from the West Midlands said that she was inspired by the victorious European Solheim Cup team, feeling that the players chosen to represent the continent didn’t strike the ball any better than her, but they did hole their putts when it mattered – something Johnson put right in the playoff.

Minea Blonmqvist of Finland finished third, a stroke behind Johnson and Luna, with French rookie Lucie Andre and Fin Kaisa Ruuttila tied for fourth a further shot back. Laura Davies was the best-placed finisher of those who played in the Solheim Cup, shooting 282.

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