Germany’s Olivia Cowan produced a brilliant final round 68 to win the Hero Women’s Indian Open at the DLF Golf and Country Club to claim her maiden win on the Ladies European Tour in her 96th event.
With no less than 27 top-10 finishes before this week, Cowan finally entered the winner’s circle after finishing on 13-under-par for the week to win by three shots over home favourite Amandeep Drall and Caroline Hedwall.
Cowan’s previous two visits to India produced finishes of T19 in 2017 and T9 in 2018 and this year her best on the Tour was T4 in her home event, the Amundi German Masters. After starting the final round one shot behind home favourite Drall, she was still one behind at the turn and tied with Hedwall for second. Hedwall birdied the 11th and Cowan birdied the 12th to join Drall at the top. The trio playing together parred the next two holes.
With four holes left and three players tied at 11-under, a play-off looked imminent, before Cowan holed a crucial birdie on the par-5 15th. With Drall dropping a shot on the same hole, Cowan was sole leader at 12 under, while Hedwall was 11-under and Drall fell to 10-under.
From there she did not look back, as her two challengers found it difficult to find a birdie, Cowan almost nailed the title with yet another birdie on the dangerous 17th to move to 13-under, two clear of Hedwall and three ahead of Drall. But the German wasn’t taking anything for granted even with a two-shot lead heading down the last, with the memories of losing a similar lead at the Aramco Team Series – Jeddah last year in her mind: “I was aware of what can happen even on the last hole,” she said.
She needn’t have worried, as a closing par, and a dropped shot from Hedwall saw her cruise to the biggest win of her career, and a her biggest payday – $60,000.
After winning her first LET title since coming on the Tour in 2015, the 26-year-old was very emotional at the prize presentation. She said: “I have come close a few times, but I am so happy to get over the line. I love coming here and this is going to be one of my most memorable moments and I will come back again to try and win this trophy again.”
“I was quite relaxed the whole weekend,” she added. “I wasn’t really thinking of winning this time. I just wanted to go out there and have a good mindset and just play good golf and just see what happens.”