Ayaka Furue wins Scottish Open Women’s for 1st LPGA win

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IRVINE, Scotland (TBEN) – Japan’s Ayaka Furue made six consecutive birdies in the middle of her round and recovered from a four-shot deficit with a 10-under 62 to win the Women’s Scottish Open on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title .

Furue, a seven-time winner of Japan’s LPGA – once an amateur – became the second rookie to win the LPGA Tour this year, and she did it in style at Dundonald Links.

The 22-year-old started the final round with four shots behind Celine Boutier of France, finished the top nine with four straight birdies and added two more to start the back nine. She never gave up and went bogey-free to win by three.

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“I was four shots back. I thought it would be hard to get the best, good players. But I’m very happy that I played good golf and came out as the winner,” said Furue. “I had the right mentality. I thought I had to go low and I played very well.”

Boutier was still in good shape until he made three bogeys on the back nine for a 69.

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“I started making some bogeys and I feel like it’s not easy to play in the last group. And if someone’s just having their day, of course there’s nothing you can do about it,” she said.

Furue finished 21-under 267 and won $300,000 along with valuable momentum for the final major of the year next week at the Women’s British Open in Muirfield.

She started showing her full potential on Japan’s LPGA late last year when Furue won three tournaments over a four-week period and tied for third in the others. Furue finished second on the money list behind Olympic silver medalist Moni Inami, earned an LPGA card through the qualifier and placed 30th in the world in the Women’s Scottish Open.

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South Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim (66) and United States’ Cheyenne Knight (67) were third, four shots behind.

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, the 36-hole leader, faded to a 71-71 weekend, finishing fifth.

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