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Jutanugarn wins Women's Scottish Open

 

 Ariya Jutanugarn set herself back atop the Rolex Women's World Ranking list on Sunday when she won the Women's Scottish Open on the same Gullane links course which hosted the men's Scottish Open three weeks ago.

The 22-year-old Thai, the reigning US Women's Open Champion and the first Thai woman to win a major, shot a final round 5-under 66 to close with a 13-under total of 271 that was one shot too good for Korean-born Australian Minjee Lee. Lee closed with a 68 and a 272. 

In a contest dominated by Asian golfers, South Koreans, Kang Hae-Ji (69) and Ko Jin-young (67) tied for third, five shots of the pace and a third Korean Amy Yang (72) shared 5th place with Spain's Carlota Ciganda (69)   

To find the highest-placed Americans you had to go down to Tiffany Joh (70) and Jacqui Concolino (66) who shared 8th place with South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace (70). They finished eight shots behind Jutanugarn. 

Joh had set the pace for the first two rounds but battled to cope with the strong gusting winds that got up on Saturday and she shot an 80. She bounced back to some extent on Sunday with a 70, but it wasn't good enough to get her back into contention.

Jutanugarn, who won the women's US Open in 2016, said, "This victory means a lot to me. 

"I said this week to my caddie I want to win on a links course and I did it and it is a dream come true."

When she tees off at the Royal Lytham & St Annes links course in Lancashire, England, in this week's Women's Open Championship, it should be with her confidence sky high, but she is nevertheless aware that her victory this week on a links course will not necessarily make her an easy winner next week.

"It's still going to be tough for me and I will have to be patient," she said. "But I have a pretty good feeling and hope to play with my A game."

Ariya's Gullane victory – her third this year – should see her recapture the Women's World Rankings crown for the second time when the rankings are updated on Monday. She first held it for two weeks in June 2017.

"It means a lot to me to be No 1, but last time it didn't help that I thought about it too hard, so I am just going to worry about working on my game."

LEADING FINAL ROUND SCORES
(Par 71)

271 - Ariya Jutanugarn (THA) 67-65-73-66
272 - Minjee Lee (AUS) 67-68-71-66
276 - Haeji Kang (KOR) 67-69-71-69, Ko Jin-young (KOR) 71-70-68-67
277 - Amy Yang (KOR) 66-66-73-72, Carlota Ciganda (ESP) 70-70-68-69
278 - Kim In-kyung (KOR) 66-70-74-68
279 - Tiffany Joh (USA) 62-67-80-70, Lee-Anne Pace (RSA) 68-69-72-70, Jacqui Concolino (USA) 72-70-71-66
280 - Ryu So-yeon (KOR) 69-66-72-73, Karrie Webb (AUS) 71-69-70-70, Cristie Kerr (USA) 72-68-70-70, Chien Pei-yun (CHN) 70-66-77-67, Jenny Haglund (SWE) 72-70-69-69, Park Sung-hyun (KOR) 67-67-77-69. 

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Neville Leck

Written by neville@golfweather.com.