What happened at the Ladies Scottish Open?

Ariya Jutanugarn battled every element at Gullane to win the Ladies Scottish Open and leap to the top of the world rankings for the second time of her career.

The Thai star had to endure horrid weather on Saturday, as winds whipped up in excess of 30mph. A stunning chip-in eagle at the par-5 16th meant she’d bounce back from four previous bogeys to hold the lead alongside South Korea’s Amy Yang going into the final round.

Conditions were still on the tough side, but the wind had alleviated and instead, the players had to contend with persistent rain throughout the day.

Yang faltered late on, but Jutanugarn had a brilliant head-to-head clash with Australia’s Minjee Lee.

Lee – the former world No. 1 amateur – already has an LPGA win this year and she continued her fine golf into Sunday. With two birdies in the opening five holes, the Aussie had already cut the deficit and was ready to go toe-to-toe with the big-hitting Thai.

But Jutanugarn bounced back from a bogey at the 6th hole with three consecutive birdies to open up a two-shot lead.

The two continued to hit quality approaches in testing conditions, and when they reached the 18th tee, Jutanugarn had a one-shot advantage.

Lee hit a stunning approach to within five feet for a birdie, while Jutanugarn flared her iron from the rough to the right to leave a difficult chip.

But as Jutanugarn showed at the U.S. Women’s Open earlier in the year, her short game is one of the finest parts of her game, and that was displayed yet again here as she landed the ball short of the green, allowing it to check and then nestle within a foot of the hole.

Lee couldn’t make her downhill birdie putt, so Jutanugarn tapped in to claim her tenth LPGA Tour title, and third of this year.

Already a Women’s British Open champion, the 22-year-old will head into Royal Lytham & St Annes brimming with confidence.

Elsewhere, Jin Young Ko finished tied for third alongside Haeji Kang to further improve her links credentials having narrowly missed out on winning the 2015 British Open.

Yang finished tied for fifth with Carlota Ciganda, as the Spaniard had an excellent weekend and was the only player in the field to go under-par in all four days.

Leading the British charge was Bronte Law, who carded a final round 68 to finish tied for 17th, while Mel Reid and Georgia Hall ended up tied for 21st.

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Ariya Jutanugarn has now gone on to win the last eight times she has held or shared the lead after 54 holes.

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Alex Perry


Alex is a Devonian who enjoys wittering on about his south west roots, Alex moved north to join NCG after more than a decade in London, the last five of which were with ESPN. Away from golf, Alex follows Torquay United and spends too much time playing his PlayStation or his guitar and not enough time practising his short game.

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