Zackrisson sinks a birdie putt on the 15th hole

A bogey at the par four 13th hole was her only mistake of the day, but she compensated with a sensational birdie at the par-four 15th, where she putted from the front of the green.

After a heart-stopping moment at the 17th, when her approach shot to the green almost found the water hazard, Zackrisson signed off with a final hole birdie to take the €41,250 first prize.

“This win means everything to me,” said Zackrisson, who returned to LET Qualifying School in October after five years on Tour. “I was thinking about quitting after this year because I’ve been having a really hard time out there for the last three years. This has changed that I think!”

Zackrisson finished last year ranked 131st on the New Star Money List and after only one event played in 2008, she is now ranked second in Europe.

“I did not expect this coming in. This was so unexpected and I’m so, so happy,” she said. “I played so well and it felt so easy for me, really. Everything just worked. I’d been struggling for so long and finally it all came together. It’s unbelievable.

“I couldn’t relax until after the tee shot on 18. That’s when I finally thought maybe I could make this. You never know what is going to happen.”

Zackrisson will be back in action at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at The Carrick on Loch Lomond in a fortnight’s time.