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LET player’s driver breaks on her way to a sudden death playoff

Anne van Dam suffered a setback of incredible and unexpected proportions on her way to a sudden death playoff at Dromoland Castle

 

Anne van Dam had her driver broken in extraordinary circumstances at the KPMG Women’s Irish Open.

van Dam was being driven to a sudden death playoff against Smilla Tarning Soenderby and Lisa Petterson when she and an official ducked under a rope to the par-5 18th hole at Dromoland Castle.

The rope caught her golf bag and pulled it off the back of the buggy. When they got off to inspect the damage, the driver was snapped.

The 27-year-old couldn’t get a replacement and teed off with a three-wood in the playoff.

She found the fairway but couldn’t match the impressive eagle of Soenderby who took her first Ladies European Tour title in dramatic fashion.

van Dam fell short of her sixth trophy on the circuit having led by three shots heading into the final round. Soenderby shot a stunning 62 on Sunday to tie van Dam and Petterson, who carded a 68 of her own to reach 16-under-par.

“I’m not quite sure what happened there, actually,” Soenderby said.

“I hit a good drive, a very long drive compared to the first time around, and then I had 178 yards. I just wanted to get it in the middle of the green. I missed it a bit left, and it sounded like almost holed it and then the putt went in

“Pretty chaotic playoff hole when I got to that tee box,” Soenderby said of Van Dam’s driver mishap.

“I’m really sorry for what happened to Anne. Like it’s super unfortunate, she did quite well anyway.”

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Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

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