Giquel had four birdies and one bogey in her final round, with three birdies in her last seven holes, where the wind was at its strongest. She shared a three-way tie for the lead on seven-under at the turn, but was two behind after Stahle birdied the 10th and 11th.

Both players birdied the par-five 12th, but Giquel was able to take advantage of Stahle’s mistakes at the 13th and 16th to draw level with the Swede.

She gained the outright lead with a birdie at the next, rolling in a 36 foot downhill putt and then birdied the par-five last to seal the victory.

The win was worth €30,000, a three-year exemption to the Ladies European Tour and a place in the Evian Masters.

It also took her up six places to sixth on the New Star Money List and she earned 40 Solheim Cup points, taking her to fourth place on the European Solheim Cup Team standings; inside the top five places that will earn automatic qualification for the team that faces the Americans in September.

Sophie approaching the 18th green

England’s Lisa Hall carded the only albatross of the week at the 18th when she holed her five-wood approach from 179 yards.