Ladies European Tour
Aug 16th, 2021
Ryann O’Toole wins Women's Scottish Open
American wins at her 228th event and 11th season on Tour
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The 11-year veteran took complete control of Dumbarnie Links and notched her first-career victory at 17-under par after a fourth-round bogey-free 64 at the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open. O’Toole becomes the sixth-different American to win in 2021 and the sixth Rolex First-Time Winner of the season.
Starting off with three birdies in her first four holes, O’Toole worked magic around the greens on Sunday, recording five more by day’s end. For O’Toole, it felt like fate.
“Words cannot describe what I am feeling right now. I still can't even -- it didn't seem real. It seems very surreal, and definitely a dream come true. I can't believe it's taken this long to win but it's finally here,” said O’Toole.
“I felt staying patient was key. Even the last few events, I've been putting myself up there and couldn't get that final fourth round going. I just think patience. It was never a playing issue or anything like that. It's just getting things to fall or things kind of go your way.”
After co-leading after the third round for the first time in her career, O’Toole said she received advice from friend and fellow Tour player Cheyenne Knight, who urged her to stay “in the process and in the moment.” Part of that gameplan included ignoring leaderboards.
“I tried to not look at the leaderboard. I tried to just trust in my caddie to guide me to whether we needed to lay or get aggressive, stay patient or whatnot,” said O’Toole.
“It wasn't until 18 that I saw that Lydia was not far off and I could tell when I made the birdie on 17 that there must have been some sort of gap because people were cheering, and I was like, okay, clearly I can't mess this up too badly now.”
Atthaya Thitikul, in the penultimate grouping, tried her best to keep up with O’Toole’s momentum. The three-time LET winner put up a rising effort, with five birdies on the front nine. However, the 18-year-old struggled at the turn, posting bogeys on the 10th and 14th to go with three more birdies to end in a tie for second at fourteen-under, along with Lydia Ko after her final-round 63.
“Today like I know that like in the front nine, played really well, really good and then at the moment, I just go out and then just told myself, I do my best,” said Thitikul.
“Not a bad back nine for sure. I know that I try my best and then, yeah, it's not my day yet. Maybe it will come soon.”
54-hole co-leaders Ariya Jutanugarn and Charley Hull finished in solo fourth and fifth, respectively. Jutanugarn closed with a four-under 68 to finish at thirteen-under, while Hull posted her fourth-consecutive 69 and ended at twelve-under.
Ally Ewing posted a Sunday 63 along with Ko for the low rounds of the week and rose from tied twenty-fifth at the start of the day to a solo-sixth result (-11).
Five players rounded out the top-10 in a tie for seventh at nine-under, including major champion Jeongeun Lee6. Defending champion Stacy Lewis finished the Women’s Scottish Open in a tie for 67th.