Heather MacRae successfully defends WPGA Championship title

But coach Craig Lee is denied by Chris Maclean in Royal Dormoch Masters

Tuesday, 8th September 2020, 9:32 pm
Heather MacRae with the trophy after her victory in the WPGA Championship.

Heather MacRae made a successful defence of the WPGA Championship but her coach, Craig Lee, was denied by Chris Maclean in his bid to make it a double celebration in the latest Tartan Pro Tour event.

MacRae had Lee on her bag when she was crowned WPGA champion for a second time last year just days before she was due to undergo major cancer surgery, but the pair had separate assignments this time around.

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It was mission accomplished for MacRae as the 36-year-old shot rounds of 70 and 75 at Kedleston Park in Derby for a three-under total and a one-shot win over another former winner, Keely Chiericato.

Chris Maclean claimed his first win as a professional.

Alison Nicholas, the 1997 US Women’s Open champion and another past winner, finished a shot further back in third. “I had no idea what was going on with the scores until I came up 17 and I saw that me and Keely were tied, but I made two nice birdies to finish and I was happy about that,” said MacRae. “I’ve won quite a few trophies, but I’ve never managed to defend one successfully before. It’s not as emotional as last year, but I’m still delighted to win as it’s one of the tournaments I really look forward to playing in.”

Competing on the Tartan Pro Tour, Lee lost out to Maclean in a play-off at the second extra hole after the pair had finished tied on five-under after two rounds in the Royal Dornoch Masters. Maclean, the overnight leader after an opening 66, carded a second-round 69 while Lee added a 67 to a 68 as the pair finished a shot ahead of Jack McDonald (68-68). “I’m delighted to get my first win as a professional at such a prestigious course,” said Maclean, a 25-year-old from Clydebank. “I tried to throw it away after losing a ball at the third today then taking a poor three-putt at the 15th.

“But I managed to get there in the end, thankfully, and I am really appreciative to Paul Lawrie for giving me and other Scottish players these opportunities.”

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