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Extra special Florentyna wins in Spain

ENGLAND’S Florentyna Parker defeated Anna Nordqvist of Sweden with a birdie on the fourth extra hole to capture her third Ladies European Tour title in a three-way play-off at the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open in


With a final round of five-under-par 66, Parker, who has been a member of Royal Birkdale for several years, came from four strokes back to tie with

Solheim Cup players Nordqvist and Carlota Ciganda on 15-under-par at Club de Golf Terramar in Sitges.

This was her third win on tour, following the 2010 ABN AMRO Ladies Open and 2014 Ladies Italian Open.

The home hope, Ciganda’s birdie putt in regulation play lipped out of the hole and the three players returned to the 18th tee for the play-off.

Ciganda was then eliminated at the first extra hole after her birdie putt drifted right from six feet, but Parker and Nordqvist continued after making theirs from a similar distance.

At the second and third extra holes, Parker and Nordqvist matched each other with pars, but the world number 114 held her nerve to defeat the world number 10 with a birdie putt from three feet.

“I knew I had to win. I know I’m not going to get picked for The Solheim

Cup, so I know I have to qualify automatically. I think I’ve proved that I can play against the best and beat them, so I’m really happy,” said Parker.

With her win, the 27-year-old moved up to second on the LET Solheim Cup points list, behind Georgia Hall and ahead of Melissa Reid and Nordqvist. The European team will be named following the Ricoh Women’s British Open on August 6.