O’Toole wins her first Ladies’s Scottish Open

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Ryann O’Toole received her first LPGA Tour occasion in 228 begins, closing with a bogey-free 8-under 64 at Dumbarnie Hyperlinks for a three-shot victory within the Belief Golf Ladies’s Scottish Open on Sunday.

After tapping in for a closing par, the 34-year-old O’Toole was showered with champagne and greeted with a kiss by her fiancee, Gina Marra.

“I nonetheless really feel like I am in shock and the tears are going to return later when issues die down,” O’Toole stated. “I am excited and comfortable. The hours and grind and heartache this sport brings, the fixed journey, for this second, I hope it solely occurs time and again.”

O’Toole completed at 17-under 271. With the wind down and plentiful sunshine, Lydia Ko closed with a course-record 63 to publish 14 underneath, tying for second with Atthaya Thitikul (66).

“I putt fairly nicely as we speak and hit a fairly stable spherical as we speak, 6-under, however at the least it is not sufficient for the win,” Thitikul stated. “I simply know that I attempted my greatest and I am happy with myself already.”

O’Toole started the day tied for the lead at 9 underneath with Ariya Jutanugarn and Charley Hull, and the American took the lead with birdies on three of her first 4 holes.

Thitikul drew even with O’Toole with a birdie on the par-3 sixth, however O’Toole acquired again in entrance with a birdie on the par-4 ninth to show in 31. She maintained her benefit all through the again 9 and completed with eight birdies, together with all 4 par-5s.

“I attempted not to take a look at the leaderboard,” O’Toole stated. “I attempted to only belief in my caddie to information me as to if we wanted to put or get aggressive, keep affected person or whatnot. It wasn’t till 18 that I noticed that Lydia was not far off and I may inform once I made the birdie on 17 that there should have been some type of hole as a result of individuals have been cheering, and I used to be like, OK, clearly I can not mess this up too badly now.”

O’Toole was working with a brand new caddie, Michael Curry, after her earlier looper retired following the Evian Championship. She stated she had additionally been contemplating retirement.

“I am getting married in December, and OK, my clock’s ticking. I wish to have youngsters. Like, how for much longer am I going to be out right here? I assumed perhaps this yr could be my final yr,” O’Toole stated. “I’ve by no means needed to be a mother on tour so far as having a child and doing all that. It does not sound enjoyable to me. However on the identical time, I do not know if I may cease taking part in golf now.”

She turned emotional as she celebrated the victory with Marra.

“It is so good to have the ability to share that, and to be myself on the market and to have her greet me on the inexperienced and simply stay in a world as we speak that I am not scared to cover that,” O’Toole stated.

Jutanugarn shot 68 and completed at 13 underneath, and Hull was one other shot again after her fourth straight 69. Ally Ewing, who will signify the U.S. within the Solheim Cup for the second time this fall, matched Ko’s 63 and completed at 11 underneath.

O’Toole made the Solheim Cup group as a rookie in 2011 and went 2-0-2 in her matches, however her greatest event end in 11 LPGA Tour seasons was third, most not too long ago in 2018.

The LPGA stays in Scotland subsequent week for the Ladies’s British Open at Carnoustie, the ultimate main championship of the yr.

5 gamers earned spots within the Ladies’s British Open discipline due to their finishes at Dumbarnie: Kelsey MacDonald, Whitney Hillier, Karolin Lampert, Haeji Kang and Prima Thammaraks.

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