|Hudson reacts on the green at the third extra hole|
“I didn’t expect Anne-Lise to bogey the last in regulation play so to actually get into the play-off and then win it, I’m thrilled,” said Hudson, who is playing in her sixth season on the LET.
“I did not expect her to make any mistakes. Making a five on that hole is a bit like a dropped shot because it is quite a short par five but it was playing into the wind today. It was difficult so I didn’t expect her to make a six. When she did it was a bit of a shock but I managed to hole that 12 footer on the first way round and that was crucial. Pressure or however the situation is took its toll and what happened, happened. I’ll definitely have a nice bottle of something tonight.” Hudson said she would celebrate her victory with fellow Tour player Kirsty Fisher, who was caddying for her over the weekend after missing the cut herself.
Caudal was pleased to cap a month of strong performances, during which she posted tied fourth, third, first and second in Germany, Holland, Portugal and Tenerife respectively. “I am happy with my day. I played good today but just made a bogey on the 18th. After that I played well in the play-off but Rebecca made a good shot on the 17th. I’m happy with my result and my month,” she said.
Referring to her bunker shot on the 18th, which she played out just short of the green, she said: “The sand is not very easy here and you don’t know what the ball can do. I hit a good shot but I don’t know what happened.” She will now take a two week break.
European number one Gwladys Nocera shot a final round 68 to finish on a total of seven-under-par and shared third with Spanish amateur Carlota Ciganda, who led at the halfway stage of the tournament and had a final round of 71.
Another Spanish amateur, Marta Silva (72), finished on six-under-par in a share of fifth with England’s Melissa Reid (73) and Russian Maria Verchenova (72). Spain’s Paula Marti (69) finished in a share of eighth position with Denmark’s Lisa Holm Sorensen (73) on five-under-par.