Kylie Walker believes she has enough energy in the tank to challenge for a third Ladies European Tour title after winning her second trophy of the season in Germany.
The 27-year-old Scot, who climbed 75 places to 110th on the Rolex World Rankings after defeating Charley Hull in a play-off on Sunday, is the only player to have won multiple titles on the tour this season, first at the Deloitte Ladies Open in the Netherlands and then at the Ladies German Open presented by Marriott.
Now in her fifth season as a professional, she will go into this week’s Sberbank Golf Masters at Golf Park Pilsen in the Czech Republic looking to complete a treble of wins. After the excitement of Germany, where she shot three 64s and a closing 71 before winning at the first extra hole, she said: “I’m already in tournament mode and I’ve not forgotten about last week, but last week is done and I’m now focusing on this week. I’d love to win again and every tournament I play in, I’m trying to win. I like it here and it’s a nice course.”
She missed the cut at the hilly, par-71 course last year, but added: “It’s certainly a little bit different from last week but this course is good and there are some good holes on it. I think 18 is a good hole, and there are not the opportunities to hit as many drivers, but I still think it suits my game.”
Although Walker tied for fourth place in the Prague Golf Masters at Albatross Golf Resort in 2011, she now appears to be a master of performing under intense pressure, as shown by winning two play-offs. She added: “It’s nice that I come across that way. I don’t ever feel crazy nerves to the point where it’s detrimental to my game but I certainly do feel nervous in those moments, I think it’s more an excitement of nerves rather than a nervous dread. It’s good that it’s like that. I like the analogy of a little duck that looks so calm on the surface, but underneath is working like crazy.”
She is undoubtedly one of the form players in the tournament, along with South African Lee-Anne Pace, who climbed seven places to 48th in the world following her tie for fourth in the Marathon Classic in Ohio on Sunday. Pace won three titles on the LET last year, in Turkey, Spain and China and her most recent victory was at the Sanya Ladies Open in October.