South Korea’s Mi Jung Hur fired a final round 66 to claim a four-stroke victory in the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open held at a rain-swept Renaissance Club.
The 29-year-old, who led by two at the halfway stage after a nine-under-par 62, came from a stroke back entering the final round to win on 20 under par.
Despite having set the tournament scoring record after two rounds, and having earned a runner-up finish in the event at Dundonald two years ago, Hur revealed that she had never previously been a fan of links golf.
“Actually, I don’t like links courses, but after this week, I love them,” she joked.
Hur claimed her first LPGA Tour victory as a rookie in 2009, and then another five years ago in 2014. Five years had passed since her last title.
Hur began her final round with a bogey on the third hole, and trailed after eight holes, but made her first birdie of the day on the par-3 ninth, sinking a putt from six feet, to enter a four-way tie for the lead. After making her fourth straight birdie putt, from around nine yards, on the par-5 12th, the Texas-based professional felt that she could win the tournament.
She made another great putt from five feet on the 16th to take a three stroke advantage and then polished off the round with her sixth birdie of the day on 18.
US Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 and third-round leader Moriya Jutanugarn tied for second position on 16 under, with the 2017 champion Mi Hyang Lee a stroke back in fourth and the 2018 winner Ariya Jutanugarn two shots further adrift in fifth.
With a tie for sixth, alongside Minjee Lee and Elizabeth Szokol, Anne Van Dam moved up to second on the LET Solheim Cup points list, while Carly Booth tied for ninth and won the Douglas Lowe Memorial Trophy as the top performing Scot in the tournament, after a final round 71.
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