Article courtesy of Ladies European Tour
DUBAI - 12th December 2009 -- Sophie Gustafson was announced as the Ladies European Tour's official number one player for 2009 when she clinched the Henderson Money List title on Saturday.
It was the fourth time that the 35-year-old Swede had led the Tour's rankings over a glittering 16-year career. She had previously won in 2000, 2003 and 2007.
At the LET's end of year awards ceremony at Emirates Golf Club, in front of more than 150 guests, Gustafson was handed the trophy and a prize winner's cheque for €20,000 by James Tothill, Head of Global Partnerships, Henderson Global Investors.
"It feels great. It's always a big thrill to win it. I'm very pleased," Gustafson said.
It was a stunning achievement for Gustafson, who had played in only four events on the Ladies European Tour this season. She finished second at the Evian Masters in France. "That kind of kick-started my year. I hadn't really done much up until then and then I finished second and then it just kept rolling," she explained.
She was equal second at the AIB Ladies Irish Open, tied for 33rd at the Ricoh Women's British Open and was 14th at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.
On the LPGA Tour, she claimed her 23rd worldwide victory at the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge in September and was 17th in money earned.
She claimed the LET's Henderson Money List title by €21,444 over Catriona Matthew, with season's earnings of €281,315.
"Consistency is not something that I'm known for but to be able to do this for the fourth time is very special," she added. "I haven't been able to compare the European Tour schedule with the LPGA Tour schedule yet but I'm hoping I might be able to play more in Europe next year."
Speaking on behalf of Henderson, James Tothill said: "We are delighted that Sophie has won the 2009 Henderson Ladies European Tour Money List. 2009 has been another great year of sponsorship for Henderson Global Investors, we are proud to be associated with the LET and everyone at Henderson would like to congratulate Sophie on her tremendous win."
In third place was Becky Brewerton (€221,496.10), with Marianne Skarpnord in fourth place (€ 203,350.38) and Tania Elosegui in fifth (€193,224.09).