Laing reacts as her second shot rolls in the hole on 18

Pace moved five ahead of the field with birdies on holes 14 and 15 and she remained five clear after she and Laing both birdied the 17th hole.

“It was a good thing it wasn’t nine and 11 coming into the last hole,” said Pace, who has finished first, equal second and first in her last three tournaments since working with English caddie Craig Barber-Ball.

“No-one was really making a move on me. I think everyone struggled a little bit today. Maybe the weather was a bit different. The course was quite wet so that made a difference also. As soon as I got two birdies in the bank I was pretty good. It was my goal to win this week so I’m happy to get some space between me and Mel on the money list.”

Laing, who was also runner-up to Pace in Switzerland, shot 69 and said: “I’m really happy and it was a really exciting finish. I didn’t want to play the last green anyway! I didn’t see it go in. I just hit it and the crowd went crazy. I’ll take second but I’m working on first.”

The 2005 champion, Lisa Holm Sorensen from Denmark, tied for third with Christel Boeljon of the Netherlands as well as Mollie Fankhauser of the United States and Sweden’s Carin Koch.