Ayaka Furue earns first LPGA title at Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open

Sunday’s final round at the 2022 Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open is an LPGA rookie that Ayaka Furue won’t soon forget.

Furue torched Dundonald Links on Sunday in Ayrshire, Scotland, setting a course and tournament record of 10 under 62 to overcome a four-stroke deficit and earn his first LPGA victory. Japan’s most recent LPGA winner finished 21 under, three strokes ahead of Celine Boutier, who tied for the 54-hole lead with Lydia Ko.

“My full game was really good,” Furue said. “The putts I had to make, I made them. My putting was really good.

Statistics confirm this. She hit 17 of 18 greens and 13 of 14 fairways. She bowled 26 times, recording 10 birdies and no bogeys en route to her course record. Furue had six consecutive birdies from numbers 6 through 11. She shot 5 under 31 on each side. And she did it without lighting up the par 5s, because she only birdied on the four threes, the finishing hole.

Ayaka Furue of Japan plays her tee shot on the 18th hole of the final round of the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open at Dundonald Links on July 31, 2022 in Troon, Scotland. (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Furue, 22, started the final lap four strokes behind the leaders but quickly made up that ground. She first birdied on the par-4 before registering four consecutive pars. Then the birdie streak began, and more followed numbers 15, 17, and 18 to finish at 21 under.

By the time the last group got to the 18th tee, Furue had locked in the win.

Boutier shot 3-under 69 in the final round, which included seven birdies. Ko, who led after 36 holes, shot his second straight 1-under 71 after back-to-back rounds of 65 to open the tournament. Ko finished five strokes behind Furue to tie for fifth place.

Hyo-Joo Kim and Cheyenne Knight tied for third at 17 under, four strokes behind Furue.

Victory could be crucial for Furue ahead of the final major women’s championship of the season next week, the AIG Women’s British Open at Muirfield.

“It builds confidence,” Furue said. “I look forward to other tournaments and next week.”

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