Nocera would swap 14 tour wins for one British Open

Thu Jul 2, 2015 1:56pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Gwladys Nocera has scooped up 14 wins on the Ladies European Tour (LET) but she would trade them all for one victory in the jewel of the crown tournament for European golfers, the British Open.

The 40-year-old Frenchwoman is in the twilight of her career and would happily hang up her spikes if she finally managed to achieve a childhood ambition by landing a breakthrough major championship triumph.

"Time is running out," Nocera told Reuters in an interview held at the European Masters at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club on the outskirts of London.

"My dream as a young player was to win the British Open, it's the best tournament. The other majors are in the U.S. and they don't feel the same.

"I've probably got two more chances this year and next ... after that I'll be done."

Asked if she would swap all her wins for one in the British Open, Nocera replied: "Well, that's where golf was born so it would make sense".

The number one player on Europe's Solheim Cup points table and the LET's order of merit saluted the three golfers who did most to shape her dreams.

"I watched a lot of British Opens when I was a kid and I liked Seve Ballesteros, he used to light up the whole tournament," said Nocera, breaking into a wide smile at the mention of the swashbuckling five-times major champion.   Continued...

Gwladys Nocera of France waves to the crowd on the 5th hole during the third round of the Evian Masters golf tournament July 24, 2010.   REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud