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Talley finishes in top 20

By James D. Horne jhorne@paducahsun.com

Emma Talley finished strong at the 2014 Rioch Women's British Open and used her Sunday 1-over 73 to vault her into the top 20.

Talley's round Sunday helped her finish at 6-over (72-73-76-73) 294 and tie for 17th place overall with three others on the par 72, Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.

Mo Martin, thanks to an eagle at No. 18, won the event by one stroke over Suzann Pettersen and Shanshan Feng. Martin finished with a 1-under (69-69-77-72) 287 and pocketed $474,575 thanks to the victory. Pettersen and Feng both ended with an even-par 288 and both took home $235,204.

Talley played as an amateur and wasn't eligible for a cash prize. The Princeton native and University of Alabama rising junior got off to a rough start on the front nine with a bogey, par and bogey. But she exploded with birdies on No. 4, No 6 and No. 7 to go along with pars on No. 5, No. 8 and No. 9. Talley went out with a 1-under 34 and that made her 4-over for the tournament at the turn.

Talley bogeyed No. 10 and No. 11, but settled down with four straight pars. She had a hiccup when she bogeyed No. 16. But she got things back together birdied No. 17 and finished the round with a par on No. 18. Talley went in with a 2-over 39 giving her the 6-over for the tournament.

Talley was solid on the fairways Sunday, finding 10 of the 14. She went 35 of 56 on fairways hit for the tournament.

Talley didn't drive the ball as far on Sunday and averaged just 218.5 yards, her lowest in the four rounds. Her average driving distance for the tournament was 237.5 yards. Talley also found the greens well, hitting 11 of 14 in regulation, her second-best day in the tournament. Overall, Talley made 42 of 72 greens in regulation.

Talley had 30 putts in her round Sunday and 121 for the tournament. She also made both her sand saves on Sunday and went 6 of 10 on sand saves for the tournament.

Call James D. Horne, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8661 or follow on Twitter @psunsports.

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