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Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open

Round 3 - Artis dashes past Pettersen to Scottish win

July 26, 2015
Rebecca Artis, Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open 2015

Australian Rebecca Artis came from six strokes behind Suzann Pettersen to claim her second Ladies European Tour title at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open.

Artis shot a six under par 66 – the lowest round of the tournament – in blustery, drizzly conditions at Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire to finish on six under par and two shots ahead of Pettersen, the world number seven.

England’s Holly Clyburn ended two shots further back in third ahead of Klara Spilkova and world number two, Lydia Ko.

“Sometimes you fight all your life to try and get that first win and sometimes the second win is maybe even harder,” said Artis, 26, from Coonabarabran, who won in similar conditions at the Helsingborg Open in Sweden two years ago when she came from five strokes behind Caroline Hedwall with a final round of 69.

“I’ve been playing some really consistent golf since the start of the year, putting myself in contention week in, week out. I knew that with the conditions the way they were predicted to be today that if I went out and played some solid golf, then I wouldn’t be far away.

“I’ve got my coaches over here from Australia, Gary and Luke Edwin. Whenever they’re around I feel like I go to a new confidence level with my overall game.”

Artis birdied the par-five third and then double bogeyed the short fourth in the final round, after hitting her tee shot right with a 5-iron, but she immediately recovered with back to back birdies on the fifth and sixth, before picking up another shot at the eighth.

“To come back and birdie five and six straight after that was huge to get the momentum back on track and not let it bother me,” said Artis, who made four further birdies on the back nine. She fired three in a row from the 12th and chipped in from 10 metres on 16.

Moments later, Pettersen bogeyed 16 to drop one behind the lead and needing to birdie the par-5 last to tie, she then sent her ball into the burn guarding the green with her second shot from 200 yards, resulting in a costly bogey.

“I played pretty well today and gave myself a lot of chances. It was not on the easy side. For Artis to shoot 66, definitely deserves to win,” Pettersen said.

“I had my chances. I bogeyed 16 and had a look at 17 after two great shots. 18 I miscalculated. It was more into and the ball spun up on me. I had to give it a go. Eagle would win it, birdie would tie. It’s fine.”

Despite keeping pace with Pettersen throughout the final day, Clyburn was disappointed with a 74, containing three bogeys on the back nine. “Tee to green I was fantastic and up to par with Suzann but didn’t putt very well,” she said.

Ko was happy enough with her 74 and said: “I think it was good preparation for the Women’s British Open. I don’t know what the weather will bring next week but that was the big thing: to get more experience playing links golf. I think it was great.”

With a career best tie for fourth place, Klara Spilkova was one of the three players that gained an exemption into next week’s RICOH Women’s British Open at Turnberry, along with Hannah Burke, who finished sixth and Jade Schaeffer, who tied for 14th place.

Artis had already qualified for the Ricoh Women’s British Open and her parents, who are flying over from Australia to watch her play, will have a pleasant surprise when they land in the United Kingdom.

In the meantime, with a cheque for 75,000 euros, Artis and her husband Geoff, who is her full-time caddie, will be able to celebrate the victory a day after his 31st birthday.

Final collated scores:
210 – Rebecca Artis (AUS) 75 69 66
212 – Suzann Pettersen (NOR) 68 70 74
214 – Holly Clyburn (ENG) 73 67 74
215 – Lydia Ko (NZL) 68 73 74, Klara Spilkova (CZE) 74 69 72
217 – Hannah Burke (ENG) 72 73 72
218 – Beth Allen (USA) 75 70 73
219 – Pamela Pretswell (SCO) 79 71 69, Emily Kristine Pedersen (DNK) 74 74 71, Stacey Keating (AUS) 74 72 73, Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 73 74 72, Charley Hull (ENG) 76 68 75, Amy Boulden (WAL) 71 74 74
220 – Jade Schaeffer (FRA) 73 76 71, Catriona Matthew (SCO) 74 72 74, Christine Wolf (AUT) 70 73 77
221 – Carin Koch (SWE) 72 77 72, Leigh Whittaker (GER) 74 74 73, Sophie Giquel-bettan (FRA) 74 72 75, Becky Brewerton (WAL) 76 74 71, Ssu-Chia Cheng (TPE) 75 72 74, Sally Watson (SCO) 74 72 75, Liz Young (ENG) 74 72 75, Nanna Koerstz Madsen (DNK) 77 74 70, Noora Tamminen (FIN) 76 73 72, Cathryn Bristow (NZL) 75 72 74
222 – Nicole Garcia (RSA) 71 75 76, Sophie Walker (ENG) 74 76 72, Laura Davies (ENG) 71 71 80, Melissa Reid (ENG) 72 72 78, Kelsey Macdonald (SCO) 70 75 77, Lina Boqvist (SWE) 78 71 73
223 – Florentyna Parker (ENG) 71 79 73, Celine Herbin (FRA) 69 73 81, Georgia Hall (ENG) 77 70 76, Hannah Ralph (ENG) 74 72 77, Margherita Rigon (ITA) 77 74 72, Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP) 72 77 74
224 – Diana Luna (ITA) 78 73 73, Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA) 73 71 80, Nicole Broch Larsen (DEN) 78 70 76, Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) 76 75 73, Isabelle Boineau (FRA) 77 74 73
225 – Eleanor Givens (ENG) 77 71 77, Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) 74 75 76, Anne Van Dam (NLD) 77 72 76, Valentine Derrey (FRA) 74 74 77, Malene Jorgensen (DEN) 73 76 76
226 – Bree Arthur (AUS) 74 76 76
227 – Chloe Leurquin (BEL) 74 77 76
228 – Carly Booth (SCO) 72 76 80
231 – Stefania Croce (ITA) 75 76 80
234 – Connie Chen (RSA) 72 79 83

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Round 2 - Pettersen leading Clyburn at -6

July 25, 2015
Suzann Pettersen, R2 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open 2015
Seven time Solheim Cup player Pettersen seals her second round with a par putt on the 18th green.

World No.7 Suzann Pettersen fired a second round of two under par 70 in clear and breezy conditions at Dundonald Links on Saturday to take a two stroke lead into the final round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open.

On six under par, the 34-year-old Norwegian is two strokes ahead of England’s Holly Clyburn, who shot a five under par 67 – the lowest round of the tournament so far.

World No.2 Lydia Ko is alone in third place on three under par, with Dame Laura Davies and Celine Herbin a stroke further behind her.

Pettersen began the second day tied for the lead with Ko but gained a three stroke advantage after the 18-year-old New Zealander bogeyed 12, 13 and 15. She then dropped another shot on 17 before closing with a birdie.

After coming home in level par, Pettersen said: “I’m pretty happy. It turned out to be a lot windier than we anticipated and the back nine is playing tough. It’s tough to get great chances and the front nine is more scoreable. Once you get to 12, it’s all into the wind, straight down and off the right, so it’s tough, but a good course with a lot of challenges. You’ve got to be on top of your game.”

Ko admitted that she found it difficult to stay positive after back to back bogeys on 12 and 13. “I played really well on the front nine, made a clumsy mistake on three but got myself together and played really solid. I made two bogeys in a row and that got to my head a little bit. All my putts were close but just not in and when that happens you don’t know what you’re going to shoot. I’m hitting the ball okay and the putts are on line so at the end of the day it’s very small margins.”

England’s Clyburn, who started at the 10th, made a late charge with five birdies, on the first, third, fifth, 15th and 18th holes.

The 24-year-old from Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire is known for playing well on tough courses as she won her maiden Ladies European Tour title, the Deloitte Ladies Open, in brutal conditions at The International as a rookie professional in 2013.

“I played very well. I had a fantastic four down the fifth, the par five. I was well left in the rubbish but with my strength managed to hack it out and make a birdie. Most players would have been happy with a six from there. That was the highlight of the day,” said Clyburn, ranked 22nd on the LET order of merit after nine tournaments played this season.

“It could have been even better as I missed a stupid two-footer for birdie on the 14th for birdie and coming in at seven, eight and nine I shaved the cup. I’ve played with Suzann earlier this season so I’ll be comfortable in that leading group and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Another player relishing the opportunity to contend is Davies, who was happy with a second successive 71, while a 73 kept Herbin in the mix and Klara Spilkova and Christine Wolf share sixth spot on one under par.

England’s Charley Hull and Australian Rebecca Artis had rounds of 68 and 69 respectively and share eighth place with Melissa Reid and Stacy Lee Bregman on level par.

The Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open is a Dunhill Links style tournament, with a team event running simultaneously.

The recent ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters champion Beth Allen and her amateur partner Kenny Abbott hold a four stroke lead in the team event and the top 15 pairs will progress to the final round on Sunday.

Round 1 - Ko and Pettersen take opening lead in Scotland

July 24, 2015
Suzann Pettersen, Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open R1 2015
World No.7 Suzann Pettersen tees off at the 10th under sunny skies in the first round at Dundonald Links on

Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen fired a pair of four under par 68s in ideal conditions to share the first round lead at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open on Friday.

Ko opened with a bogey free round containing four birdies on a sunny afternoon at Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire on Scotland’s west coast.

She started from the 10th and picked up a shot at the par-4 13th before adding three more birdies on the fourth, seventh and eighth holes. “I kind of didn’t know what score to expect because the course is pretty tough, even without the wind,” said world No.2 Ko, 18, from New Zealand.

“You can see by the scores it’s not crazy low, but I think we were lucky with the wind not being as strong as it was the last couple of days.

“Playing over here in the Scottish Open, you can’t use the same game as you can in the States. You’re hitting different shots and I think the key to playing well here is being really creative, because you need to find the shot that will give you a high percentage.”

Playing in the next group in the afternoon draw, Pettersen started with four birdies in her first five holes from the 10th, but found a tricky lie in a bunker on 16 and three putted on the 18th green. She recovered a share of the lead with two more birdies on the third and fifth holes and said: “I managed my game well, adjusted on a few tee shots according to the wind and gave myself a lot of looks.”

The world No.7 from Norway added: “It was pretty straightforward and the course set up is very good, so it’s playable. It’s amazing what a difference the wind makes depending on where it comes from and how strong it is.”

Earlier in the day, Frenchwoman Celine Herbin set the target with a three under par 69, which included five birdies and two bogeys. The 32-year-old, who lives in Santander, Spain and plays at Real Golf de Pedrena, the home course of Seve Ballesteros, said: “It was a really nice day and a new experience for me as it’s the first time I’ve played the Scottish Open. To play on a links course, I really enjoyed it, because we don’t play on too many links courses.”

A stroke further behind, Kelsey MacDonald led the Scots charge on two under par and she said: “I was pretty blessed with the weather this morning. It was quite calm for me teeing off. The wind picked up towards the end and you could feel it, especially on 16 which is a pretty tough hole at the back. The pin positions and the greens are the defence, because I only had one flat putt today. It’s being able to read the greens correctly.”

Top ranked Scot Catriona Matthew opened with a two over 74 while fellow Solheim Cup star Charley Hull from England had a four over 76 to lie just inside the projected cut line.

The 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open occupies a prime spot on the Ladies European Tour calendar, sitting just one week ahead of the Ricoh Women’s British Open and offers an increased prize fund of €500,000.

The event’s unique pro-am format sees 80 amateurs and celebrities tee it up alongside a limited field of 80 of the top female golfers in the world. The 54-hole tournament is played over three days and entry is free all weekend.

Scores

Pos Player R1 R2 R3 Total Score Prize
1 Rebecca ARTIS 75 69 66 -6 210 € 75,000.00
2 Suzann PETTERSEN 68 70 74 -4 212 € 50,750.00
3 Holly CLYBURN 73 67 74 -2 214 € 35,000.00
4 Klara SPILKOVA 74 69 72 -1 215 € 24,100.00
4 Lydia KO 68 73 74 -1 215 € 24,100.00
6 Hannah BURKE 72 73 72 1 217 € 17,500.00
7 Beth ALLEN 75 70 73 2 218 € 15,000.00
8 Amy BOULDEN 71 74 74 3 219 € 10,066.67
8 Emily Kristine PEDERSEN 74 74 71 3 219 € 10,066.67
8 Pamela PRETSWELL 79 71 69 3 219 € 10,066.67
8 Gwladys NOCERA 73 74 72 3 219 € 10,066.67
8 Stacey KEATING 74 72 73 3 219 € 10,066.67
8 Charley HULL 76 68 75 3 219 € 10,066.67
14 Christine WOLF 70 73 77 4 220 € 7,750.00
14 Jade SCHAEFFER 73 76 71 4 220 € 7,750.00
14 Catriona MATTHEW 74 72 74 4 220 € 7,750.00
17 Sally WATSON 74 72 75 5 221 € 6,340.00
17 Leigh WHITTAKER 74 74 73 5 221 € 6,340.00
17 Sophie GIQUEL-BETTAN 74 72 75 5 221 € 6,340.00
17 Becky BREWERTON 76 74 71 5 221 € 6,340.00
17 Noora TAMMINEN 76 73 72 5 221 € 6,340.00
17 Ssu-Chia CHENG 75 72 74 5 221 € 6,340.00
17 Liz YOUNG 74 72 75 5 221 € 6,340.00
17 Nanna Koerstz MADSEN 77 74 70 5 221 € 6,340.00
17 Carin KOCH 72 77 72 5 221 € 6,340.00
17 Cathryn BRISTOW 75 72 74 5 221 € 6,340.00
27 Kelsey MACDONALD 70 75 77 6 222 € 5,025.00
27 Nicole GARCIA 71 75 76 6 222 € 5,025.00
27 Laura DAVIES 71 71 80 6 222 € 5,025.00
27 Sophie WALKER 74 76 72 6 222 € 5,025.00
27 Lina BOQVIST 78 71 73 6 222 € 5,025.00
27 Melissa REID 72 72 78 6 222 € 5,025.00
33 Hannah RALPH 74 72 77 7 223 € 4,125.00
33 Georgia HALL 77 70 76 7 223 € 4,125.00
33 Patricia SANZ BARRIO 72 77 74 7 223 € 4,125.00
33 Celine HERBIN 69 73 81 7 223 € 4,125.00
33 Florentyna PARKER 71 79 73 7 223 € 4,125.00
33 Margherita RIGON 77 74 72 7 223 € 4,125.00
39 Ursula WIKSTROM 76 75 73 8 224 € 3,360.00
39 Nicole BROCH LARSEN 78 70 76 8 224 € 3,360.00
39 Isabelle BOINEAU 77 74 73 8 224 € 3,360.00
39 Stacy Lee BREGMAN 73 71 80 8 224 € 3,360.00
39 Diana LUNA 78 73 73 8 224 € 3,360.00
44 Eleanor GIVENS 77 71 77 9 225 € 3,050.00
44 Valentine DERREY 74 74 77 9 225 € 3,050.00
44 Anne VAN DAM 77 72 76 9 225 € 3,050.00
44 Malene JORGENSEN 73 76 76 9 225 € 3,050.00
44 Anne-Lise CAUDAL 74 75 76 9 225 € 3,050.00
49 Bree ARTHUR 74 76 76 10 226 € 2,900.00
50 Chloe LEURQUIN 74 77 76 11 227 € 2,850.00
51 Carly BOOTH 72 76 80 12 228 € 2,750.00
52 Stefania CROCE 75 76 80 15 231 € 2,650.00
53 Connie CHEN 72 79 83 18 234 € 2,550.00
CUT
54 Minea BLOMQVIST 79 73 8 152
54 Marion RICORDEAU 75 77 8 152
54 Alexandra VILATTE 77 75 8 152
57 Fabienne IN-ALBON 73 80 9 153
57 Cheyenne WOODS 74 79 9 153
57 Camilla LENNARTH 77 76 9 153
57 Rebecca HUDSON 75 78 9 153
57 Titiya PLUCKSATAPORN 81 72 9 153
57 Caroline MARTENS 74 79 9 153
57 Maria BALIKOEVA 76 77 9 153
57 Whitney HILLIER 75 78 9 153
65 Caroline AFONSO 80 74 10 154
65 Maha HADDIOUI 80 74 10 154
65 Kylie WALKER 75 79 10 154
68 Nina HOLLEDER 80 75 11 155
69 Ann-Kathrin LINDNER 80 76 12 156
69 Trish JOHNSON 78 78 12 156
69 Stephanie NA 78 78 12 156
72 Laurette MARITZ 82 75 13 157
73 Marianne SKARPNORD 73 85 14 158
73 Sophie SANDOLO 76 82 14 158
73 Vikki LAING 79 79 14 158
76 Emma WESTIN 74 85 15 159
76 Holly AITCHISON 77 82 15 159
78 Isabella RAMSAY 83 77 16 160
78 Laura MURRAY 77 83 16 160
80 Gabriella COWLEY 85 85 26 170

 

Preview

DATES:  July 24-26
SITE:  Dundonald Links, Troon
PRIZE MONEY: €500,000
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