Rogers shares second place

 

SHANI WAUGH from Australia completed a final round of 71 to win the Costa Azul Open at Troia in Portugal on Saturday.

With a two-under-par aggregate of 214 Waugh finished two strokes clear of Ireland's Aideen Rogers who shared second place with defending champion Marie-Laure de Lorenzi from France, Sweden's Helene Koch and Philippines challenger Mary Grace Estuesta.

Rogers matched the winner's closing round of 71 for her best finish since turning professional two years ago. Her cheque for £4,018 lifted her from 61st into sixth place on the Order of Merit table and she has moved into 21st place on the Solheim Cup standings.

It was an impressive performance by Rogers from The Island Club with the pressure of being in contention for the first time since joining the Tour. Only once did Rogers exceed par when she was bunkered at the eighth hole.

For the first time in my life I felt relaxed. Normally I drop shots over the last few holes but my thinking was very positive today. When my putts kept missing my caddie told me to be patient and over the last few holes they fell in," she said.