America’s Ryann O’Toole, taking part in in what’s her 228th occasion and 11th season on Tour, received the primary title of her profession on the Belief Golf Ladies’s Scottish Open at Dumbarnie Hyperlinks in Fife.
A visibly emotional O’Toole, who performed within the 2011 Solheim Cup again in her rookie yr, stated at her Champion’s press convention, “Phrases can’t describe what I’m feeling proper now. It didn’t appear actual. It appears very surreal, and undoubtedly a dream come true. I can’t consider it’s taken this lengthy to win nevertheless it’s lastly right here.”
Initially of the ultimate day, few would have predicted that O’Toole could be the one holding the trophy on the prize giving ceremony, given she was maybe the least adorned of the gamers on the star-studded leaderboard which included three Main Champions, six LPGA winners and 7 LET champions.
And but, it was the Californian who serenely edged three photographs away from the sphere with a blemish-free -8 below par taking her to -17 with out a second the place she appeared something apart from a seasoned winner.
O’Toole’ love of hyperlinks golf has come by way of in the course of the week though she defined this wasn’t at all times the case, “I feel regardless, profitable over right here, I assume take it again to my first yr, second yr on Tour and taking part in my first British Open and studying what true hyperlinks was. I felt like I bought my butt kicked at Royal Liverpool. It blew. One of many rounds bought referred to as for the day. I had by no means performed in something like that, and I bear in mind hitting tee photographs that simply flung throughout, like these aren’t going to work right here. And after that I used to be like, wow, there’s a lot to be taught and alter and grasp on this model of golf and after that, I fell in love with it, find out how to hit a extremely low tee shot, find out how to play the contours of the inexperienced and the course and I simply really feel like I really like this model of golf and to have this be my first win, it appears becoming.”
Tied second was Main winner and two-time Olympic medal winner Lydia Ko, whose heroic -9 par closing spherical proved not fairly sufficient to take her second title of the yr. Alongside Ko in second place, ending with a 66, was the spectacular Thai teenager, Atthaya Thitikul, the present chief on the LET’s 2021 Race to the Costa del Sol.
Thitikul, who spent a lot of the week saying she didn’t like hyperlinks golf appeared to melt when requested if she was starting to turn into somewhat extra fond, “Yeah, in fact, just a bit bit extra, not that a lot for certain, as a result of , like hyperlinks is hard for certain. Hyperlinks is hard!”
Previous Champion and double Main winner Ariya Jutanugarn completed fourth whereas England’s Charley Hull’s strong closing spherical of -3 noticed her end fifth forward into the ultimate Main of the yr at Carnoustie subsequent week.
Hull commented, “I feel general, having an excellent end right here, that provides me good momentum heading into subsequent week. This was an amazing golf course main as much as Carnoustie. This can be a true hyperlinks and we all know what Carnoustie is like. I’m tremendous excited for subsequent week and be taught from this week and take the positives and work on the issues that I really feel like must be labored on and have enjoyable on the market and see what occurs.”
Kelsey MacDonald (pictured above with O’Toole) completed on -7, T15 and was the main Scottish participant, profitable the Jock MacVicar Main Scot Trophy, created to honour legendary golf journalist Jock MacVicar, an ardent supporter of the occasion, who handed away earlier this yr aged 83.