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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tinning Goes Out with a Bang

(Just to update my little storyline about Maria Verchenova from Russia, she finished tied for 29th in Dubai, not enough to keep her out of Q-School. A cold putter in the third round pretty much killed her chances. Oh well... good luck at Q-School, Maria!)

Photo of Iben Tinning from WikipediaIben Tinning from Denmark was playing in her last tournament this week. Many of you may not recognize her name unless you've been following the women's game for quite a while.

Tinning was, back in 2005, one of the hottest female players in the world. She won three times that year, bringing her career total to five and landing both the LET Order of Merit (their money title) and LET Player of the Year award. Her career took a bit of a detour after that with the birth of her son and the start of chronic hip problems.

Back in September she announced that she would be retiring at the end of 2010. This week's Omega Dubai Ladies Masters would be her last tournament. Ironically, this tournament escaped her grasp once before in 2007, when she spun her approach on the 18th back into the water and virtually gave the win to Annika Sorenstam.

Not this time, however. Tinning casually birdied the 18th to win by two over Anna Nordqvist. It also made her last appearance on tour perhaps the biggest victory of her relatively short career... and she did it with her husband on caddy duty. When asked if this win changed her mind about retiring, she simply said no. The hip pain has just become too much of a problem.

But what a way to go out on top, huh? This is what she'll be remembered for... getting her biggest win to end her career. Good luck, Iben... and congratulations!

1 comment:

  1. Maybe Verchinova will get paired with Sara Brown - I'd follow that group...I'd carry both bags for free ! :-)

    I could never figure out Tinning. That '05 season got her on her one Solheim Cup team - where she got her brains beat in. I don't know if the Americans were just that good or if the LET wasn't much of a tour back then.

    No matter - it was a terrific win - she goes out on top - and has enough money for some good therapy on that hip. :-)

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