NO ONE was talking about Brittany Lang from the United States on the final morning of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, writes Brian Stormont.
But she came from nine shots off the lead to finish second in the tournament after making something of a charge to finish with a 67 and 11 under par for the tournament.
“My charge? Yeah, I played great today. I’m very happy with how I played,” she said after picking up the runners-up cheque for $239,065 (£146,976).
“I made some really big par putts early on and from then on I just played flawless golf. I played great stayed in each shot and I was pretty happy with how I handled it mentally.”
The second place was Lang’s third top 10 finish of the season and she was impressed by the course.
“I thought it was good. I think we just got lucky that there wasn’t a lot of wind because the course played really easy without that wind.”
And she was full of praise for Yani Tseng who won her fifth major at Carnoustie. Lang commented: “It’s unbelievable. I couldn’t even imagine 22 years old, fifth major, and how many events she has won other than majors. She’s so mentally strong and she’s so aggressive. She’s just got it all. It’s pretty cool to watch.”
Seeing Yani’s name at the top of the leaderboard normally means you’ve got to play right at the top of your game to beat her.
Lang added: “It usually means that not much is going to go wrong, that you’re going to need to make some birdies to catch her because she’s pretty steady. She’s going to make pars, birdies and eagles.”
In her march to second spot, Lang made only one bogey, but had six birdies on her way to 67.
“I had one bogey today on hole eight. I hit it over the green a three putted from way long.
“And then I birdied - hit like a little 50-yard shot on nine and I made a 10 footer.
“Then I drove the green pretty much on 11 and two putted from the front of the green for birdie there
“And then the next one I hit a five iron to four feet and birdied on 12. Then I birdied the par five . I hit driver, three iron and two putted for a birdie.
“And then I birdied 17. I hit driver, four iron and made like a 12 footer for birdie there.”