Catriona Matthew and Vikki Laing enjoy good weekend

Catriona Matthew. Vikki Laing, below
Catriona Matthew. Vikki Laing, below
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Scottish No.1 Catriona Matthew came out of nowhere to chalk up a top-three finish in her second event of the season.

The former Women’s British Open champion missed a rare cut in her first 2014 outing in the Australian Women’s Open.

She also made a stuttering start to the LPGA Honda Thailand with rounds of 76 and 71.

But, as the hard work she’d put in over the winter with coach Kevin Craggs clicked, the North Berwick star closed with two seven-under-par 65s at Old Pattaya in Chonburi.

She finished third behind Swedish winner Anna Nordqvist, who was ten in front of Matthew after round one but only four ahead of her at the finish.

Making it a good weekend for East Lothian women professionals, Musselburgh’s Vikki Laing finished runner-up in the Victoria Open in Australian.

It was a similar story for her as two low closing rounds – 66 and 67 – catapulted the multiple Scottish Girls’ champion up the leaderboard.

Laing’s performance earned her around £12,000 whereas Matthew, playing at a higher level, picked up a cheque in the region of £60,000.

Next up for Matthew is the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore starting on Thursday.