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Britain's Burke breaks duck on European Tour

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Hannah Burke has finally entered the winner circle, after her victory at the Tipsport Golf Masters in the Czech Republic, on the Ladies European Tour.

The 27-year-old finished two shots clear of over overnight leader Broch Larsen, after a seven-under-par round of 64. Add this to a pair of 68's in her first two rounds, left her with a tournament total of 200.

Her previous best result came in India last year as a runner up and was said to be in a "state of shock" and lost for words, after learning she had won.

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Don't get ahead of yourself

The 27-year-old inadvertently gave some of the best advice to aspiring golfers, which turned out to be her master plan also.

"I didn't really focus too much on winning. I had a little goal set each day and went out to achieve them and I've come out on top, so it feels good." Burke reflected, according to BBC Sport.

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The newly crowned champion, speaking to her personal website, continued by saying “I missed my goal yesterday, because I double bogeyed the last, but it was to have no bogeys in 18 holes. That’s what my coach set me as well, for my caddie.

"Today I had seven birdies and no bogeys so I managed my goal. I played very consistent. I only missed one green and putted well. Seven birdies is a good way to get on top.”

Most people and coaches would say this is good advice to any young players reading this article. Most young players are writing and reciting their victory speech mid round after putting together an impressive run of holes. 

Shane Lowry admitted doing something similar, but had to snap out of it and get his head back in the game, in order to go on and claim is WGC Bridgestone title at the weekend.

Tears flowing

Unfortunately, where there is a champion, there must be those rueing mistakes. Broch Larsen couldn't hide her emotions, after failing to take her punishment at the 16th hole. The Dane had decided to take on the green with a high risk shot which didn't come off.

"I was going for making my par instead of just playing it out to the fairway and seeing if I could make four from there. Instead of five, I made seven and pars from there, so it was just one hole." reports BBC Sport

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but a chip out sideways and a bogey would have been enough to force a playoff. Let's hope that the Dane can overcome this unfortunate mistake and get herself in the winners circle soon.

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