FIFE, Scotland (AP) – Ryann O’Toole won her first LPGA Tour event in 228 starts and finished with a bogey-free 8-under 64 at Dunbarnie Links for a three-shot victory at the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open on Sunday.
After knocking on a final par, 34-year-old O’Toole was showered with champagne and greeted with a kiss by her fiancé Gina Marra.
“I still feel like I’m in shock and the tears will come later when things wear off,” said O’Toole. “I’m excited and happy. The hours and the heartache and the heartache that this sport brings with it, the constant travel, for this moment I hope it just keeps happening.”
O’Toole finished with 17 under 271. With no wind and lots of sunshine, Lydia Ko closed in 14th with a course record of 63 and finished second with Atthaya Thitikul (66th).
“I putt pretty well today and hit a pretty solid round today, 6-under, but at least it wasn’t enough to win,” said Thitikul. “I just know that I did my best and I’m proud of myself.”
O’Toole started the day tied at 9 under with Ariya Jutanugarn and Charley Hull, and the American took the lead with birdies on three of her first four holes.
Thitikul drew with O’Toole with a birdie on the sixth par-3, but O’Toole took the lead again with a birdie on the ninth par-4 to turn into 31 eight birdies, including all four par-5s.
“I tried not to look at the leaderboard,” said O’Toole. “I tried to just trust my caddy, who would guide me, whether we had to lie down or be aggressive, be patient or whatever. It wasn’t until I was 18 that I saw that Lydia wasn’t far and I could tell when I should did birdie on 17, that there must have been some kind of gap because people were cheering and I was like, okay, sure I can’t screw this up too much now. “
O’Toole worked with a new caddy, Michael Curry, after her previous looper retired after the Evian Championship. She said she was also considering retiring.
“I’m getting married in December and OK, my clock is ticking. I want to have children. How long will I be out here? I thought this year might be my last year. ”O’Toole said. “I never wanted to be a mom on tour, about a kid and all that. It doesn’t sound funny to me. But at the same time, I don’t know if I could stop golfing now.”
She got emotional celebrating the win with Marra.
“It’s so nice to be able to share that and to be out there myself and let them greet me on the green and just live in a world today where I’m not afraid to hide it,” said O ‘ Toole.
Jutanugarn shot 68 to land on 13 under, and Hull was one more shot back after her fourth 69 in a row. Ally Ewing, who will represent the USA for the second time in the Solheim Cup this fall, matched Ko’s 63 and ended up with 11 under.
O’Toole made it to the Solheim Cup team as a rookie in 2011 and went 2-0-2 in their matches, but her best tournament result in 11 LPGA Tour seasons was third, most recently in 2018.
The LPGA is staying in Scotland next week for the Women’s British Open in Carnoustie, the last major championship of the year.