2018 Final Round of Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open: Ariya on top of the world after success in Scotland
On July 29 at Gullane, Scotland
The Final day at the Scottish Ladies Open saw a golf course that was more playable than the previous day. With intermittent rain the players still found it a tough task to score well but they did not have to contend with the gale force winds that were present the previous day.
The two joint leaders, Ariya Jutanugarn and Amy Yang, set off together with Minjee Lee as the third member of the group. Throughout the day the players were playing cat and mouse with each other. By the sixth hole Amy Lang actually took the lead but sadly for her she dropped away to finish in equal 5th place with 7 under par.
Minjee Lee was once again showing the fine form that had been present during the week and her final score of 66 gave her a total of 12 under and second place. She finished ahead of Jin Young Ko and Haeji Chang who both ended the day at 8 under par.
Despite how hard the field tried no one could get to Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and the win gave the player from Bangkok enough points to go top of the ladies world rankings. However, statistics are not required to justify this fact, as the Thai golfer plays every round with a presence that makes others take notice.
“It means a lot to me to win the tournament. I told my caddie this week, you know, what I really want is to win on a links course, just one time in my life would be good, so right now my dream has come true.”
As well as being unbelievably talented and competitive she resonates humility. She takes time to applaud shots from her fellow golfers and even does this when things aren’t going well for herself. As well as Thailand having a true champion, the sport of Golf has a number 1 that must make other sports green with envy.
The tour now moves down the country to Lytham St Annes in Lancashire for the Ricoh British Open. All of the top players in the world will be present and if they manage to get beyond Thailand’s best they won’t be far from claiming the trophy.
– By Richard Charles Talbot