The 27-year-old from Doncaster lost a ding-dong battle for the title to Australia’s Nikki Garrett but the result moved her up to fourth place in the European Solheim standings. The top five players automatically qualify for the team; the next four players qualify from the Rolex World Rankings and there are three captain’s selections.
Rebecca also moved up to third place on the New Star Money List of the Ladies European Tour, with earnings of €32,651.90 from two events.
She appeared to have a firm grip on the Spanish championship, firing a course record 65 to lead by one after the opening round and after 54-holes, she was 13-under-par and two shots clear.
Rebecca was still a stroke ahead of Nikki Garrett when they stood on the 16th tee of the final round, but there she made a disastrous error.
Having played solidly all day, Rebecca hit her six-iron tee shot into the water protecting the front of the green and was forced to take a drop. She then chipped on and two-putted for a double-bogey five
She had birdie putts on both 17 and 18 but was unable to convert them and finished one stroke behind the 23-year-old Australian.
Rebecca said: “I got very nervous, which is unusual for me. I made a very bad nervous golf swing and it was not the hole to have a nervous golf swing.
“This week’s finished. I’ll just go to the Swiss Open next week and aim for another top ten finish. I got lots of Solheim Cup points and it should take me into the top 25 that get into the Women’s British Open so I’m pleased. I’d have taken second at the beginning of the week.”
As an amateur Rebecca was one of ELGA’s finest-ever players, winning a host of major titles and competing in all the top team events.
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