World No. 49 Mi Hyang Lee is the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Ladies champion after firing a sensational 66 on a windy final day at Dundonald Links.
It was the second LPGA title for the twenty-four-year-old, and one she admitted she had not been expecting after starting the day six shots off the lead.
In a week where brutal conditions made sub-70 scoring a rare occurrence, the Korean made links golf look effortless, firing six birdies on the front nine, before a flawless back nine, which included eight pars and a birdie, ensured she would pick up her first win since 2014.
The day had looked to belong to Australian veteran Karrie Webb, who led for much of the round before a devastating double bogey at the 17th put pay to her hopes of claiming a 42nd win on the LPGA Tour.
‘’I’m gutted,’’ she confessed. ‘’I hit what I thought was the perfect 3-wood down the 17th, only to find that it was stuck in the face of the fairway bunker. The only shot I had was to play it out backwards.’’
‘’It’s disappointing but I can take a lot of confidence to Kingsbarns. I was surprised by how calm I was out there considering how long it’s been since I was in that situation, and it’s great to be back playing so well.’’
European Solheim Cup team captain Annika Sorenstam will be buoyed by an impressive performance by Spanish star Carlota Ciganda, who eventually finished in a tie for fourth, while Germany’s Caroline Masson scored vital world ranking points with a top ten finish, as she bids to make the squad for the third consecutive time.
England’s Georgia Hall has guaranteed her place in the team after carding an exceptional five-under-par 31 over the closing stretch to finish in T9, her second top-ten finish on the LPGA in three weeks. Meanwhile Perthshire’s Carly Booth was the highest-placed Scot, finishing in T31.
Becky Morgan secured the final spot for the Ricoh Women’s British Open as one of the three top placed Ladies European Tour players not yet qualified for next week’s championship, after Swede Jessica Karlsson finished bogey, double bogey, to miss out by one.
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