Leigh-Anne Pace (Steenberg/Twitter)
Lee-Anne Pace solidified her status as one of South Africa’s golfing greats with another Investec SA Women’s Open triumph on Saturday.
The 41-year-old edged Argentinean Magdalena Simmermacher in a sudden-death playoff that saw the pair halve the 18th hole at Steenberg Golf Club five times before Pace secured a stunning victory with the sun setting.
This was Pace’s fifth SA Open crown and her second in as many years after she won at Westlake Golf Club in 2021. It is also her 11th European Tour victory and 15th on South Africa’s Sunshine Tour.
Pace had started the day seven shots behind Becky Brewerton from Wales, who imploded badly with a round of 78 (+6) to fall out of contention.
“I can’t believe it. I honestly can’t believe it. I’m in shock,” Pace said afterwards.
PAR – L Pace (SA), M Simmermacher (Pace won on 6th-hole playoff)
+1 – B Brewerton
+3 – C Alexander (SA), F Johnson
+5 – A Sauzon
+6 – L Grant
We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can
trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to
a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism,
top opinions and a range of features. Journalism
strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.