“Each win is difficult, but this one was the hardest,” said Arricau, who like Monke, was wearing orange in a tribute to the Dutch spectators. “There were a lot of players chasing me today and I missed quite a lot of birdie chances on the front nine.

“I was very tired and it was a very tough finish so I’m very happy. Now I think my confidence is back for the rest of the year.”

In 2005 Arricau endured a miserable season on the US LPGA Tour but her form peaked this week after two solid finishes in Switzerland and France where she finished tied for 18th and third respectively.

“I feel better in Europe. I did not like the States. It’s a different culture and life was tough,” she admitted.

“My boyfriend quit his job to caddy for me but while we were there all we would talk about was golf. Everything was golf and I was going mad. I missed my friends and everything.

“This week, I had a local caddy called Dave but he was also a professional golfer so he was a great help. He knew the course and how to play. I told him that I didn’t want to talk about golf between shots so we talked about anything else other than golf. I did my best and it worked.”

Hart, who was looking for her first win and who was playing in the last group with Arricau, said: “I had a great day. I was hoping to sink that birdie putt on the last though to come second. It was great fun and it was great to see so many people come out and support us. That’s what I play golf for.”

The Ladies European Tour schedule resumes with the BMW Ladies Italian Open in Rome in a fortnight’s time.

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