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Tinning takes Dubai title

Victorious swansong for Danish star

Posted Dec 16, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Iben Tinning

The Ladies European Tour bid a fond farewell to one of it’s stars this week, and fittingly she left with a bang by winning the Dubai Ladies’ Masters with a fine 11 under score over the four rounds. The lady in question in Denmark’s Solheim Cup star Iben Tinning who holed a birdie on the final hole of her last tournament before retiring.
The 36-year-old hit a final round 69 to take the title in her swansong, beating Anna Nordqvist into second place.
Tinning is stepping away from the sport as she looks to balance life and family and she’s confirmed that she will not be looking to reverse her decision. She said: “I have no plans to reconsider my decision of retiring. It’s really not an option. I am on so many painkillers and playing golf is no more fun. Winning in Dubai had been my main goal and that has been accomplished. My next goal is get a diploma in psychotherapy. That’s the main aim at the moment.”
Tinning has been a great advocate for her sport and has enjoyed a successful time on the professional circuit despite a few setbacks throughout her career.
She has always overcome adversity and her fellow competitors on the Ladies’ European Tour will no doubt miss her.
Born in Copenhagen, Tinning won her first competitions on the 2002 LET before winning the LPGA Tour’s Qualifying Tournament in 2003. However, she endured a nightmare rookie season in the States which saw her lose her card and return to Europe for the 2005 season.
However, she redeemed herself with some stunning performances to win the Order of Merit, becoming the first Danish golfer to top the money list on any major international tour.
She played in four Solheim Cups and had previously had victory snatched from her at the Dubai Ladies’ Masters by Annika Sorenstam. The Dane was leading with two holes to play but missed a putt from eight feet and then saw her approach to the 18th green spin back into the water, allowing the Swedish superstar to take the win, hence Tinning’s determination to win this tournament this year.
She has enjoyed a fabulous career and the game is certainly worse off without her competing.

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