FIFE, Scotland – Ryann O’Toole won her first LPGA Tour event in 228 starts, finishing with a bogey-free 8-under 64 at Dumbarnie Links for a three-shot win at the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open on Sunday.
After hooking up for a graduation par, 34-year-old O’Toole was showered with champagne and greeted with a kiss by her fiancé Gina Marra.
« I still feel like to be in shock and the tears will come later when things wear off, « said O’Toole. “I am excited and happy. The hours and the heartache and heartache that this sport brings with it, the constant travel, for now I hope it just keeps happening. «
O’Toole finished the race at 17 under 271. At Lydia Ko closed in 14th place with a course record of 63 and took second place with Atthaya Thitikul (66).
« I putted pretty well today and hit a pretty solid lap today, 6-under , but at least it’s not enough for victory, « said Thitikul. « I just know that I did my best and I’m proud of myself. »
O’Toole started the day at 9 under with Ariya Jutanugarn and Charley Hull sharing the lead, and the American took over with birdies took the lead on three of their first four holes.
Thitikul drew with O’Toole with a birdie on par-3 six, but O’Toole took the lead again with a birdie on par-4 ninth to win in 31 to turn eight birdies, including all four par-5s.
« I tried not to look at the leaderboard, » said O’Toole. “I tried to just trust my caddy to guide me, whether we lie down or get aggressive, be patient or whatever. It wasn’t until I was 18 that I saw that Lydia wasn’t far and when I did the birdie at 17 I could tell that there must have been some kind of gap because people were cheering and I thought, okay, sure I can screw that up Don’t do this too much now. ”
O’Toole was working with a new caddy, Michael Curry, after her previous looper retired after the Evian Championship. She said she was also considering retiring.
“I’m getting married in December and OK, my clock is ticking. I want to have children. How long will I be out here? I thought this year might be my last year, « said O’Toole. “I never wanted to be a mother touring with a child doing all of that. Doesn’t sound funny to me. But at the same time I don’t know if I could stop golfing now. «
» It’s so nice to be able to share that and to be out there myself and let them greet me on the green and just in today living in a world I’m not afraid to hide, « said O’Toole.
Jutanugarn shot 68 to land at 13 under, and Hull was one more shot back after her fourth 69 in a row. Ally Ewing, who will represent the USA in the Solheim Cup for the second time this fall, matched Ko’s 63 and finished 11 under.
O’Toole made it into the Solheim Cup team as a rookie in 2011 and participated in their matches 2-0-2, but their best tournament result in 11 LPGA Tour seasons was third, most recently in 2018. The LPGA is staying in Scotland next week for the Women’s British Open in Carnoustie, the last major championship of the year
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