Eighteen years. For Becky Morgan, 18 years of waiting ended on Sunday when the Welsh woman broke through for her first professional golf title in winning the Ladies European Tour's Hero Indian Women's Open.
The 44-year-old closed out the 72-hole event at DLF Golf and Country Club with a two-stroke win over four players, including recent comeback winner Caroline Hedwall of Sweden and Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark. Morgan's 7-under 281 was capped off by a winning final round of 69.
“It’s taken me 18 years, and it’s a mixture of excitement and relief that finally I have done it," Morgan said. "I didn’t look at the scoreboard until the 18th green because I knew anything could happen. I knew I was doing fairly well, because I was playing well, but I kept to myself and let it happen."
Morgan broke through in her 119th Ladies European Tour start on a course where she had one of many close calls leading to this day.
“I decided today I would just play my game and not worry about one anyone else was doing," she said. "I had the chance to win here three years ago but got too caught up in what was going on, so I needed to keep my head down.”
Dating back to a runner-up finish at the 2001 French Open, Morgan had scored 22 top-10 finishes before her Sunday breakthrough. Naturally, her win came at a place where she had finished second previously. However, she also loves playing in India, playing in each edition of this event since it debuted on the LET schedule in 2010.
“I have always loved everything about India," Morgan said. "And that’s why I have kept coming back and I did come close to winning a couple of times and finally I got the job done this time."