Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh claimed her maiden LPGA Tour title with a seven-under-par closing spherical incomes her a four-stroke win on the Toto Japan Basic.
The 29-year-old Aberdonian picked up $300,000 for her life-changing win – dwarfing the €180,000 complete prize cash she had beforehand earned in seven seasons on the Girls European Tour.
Dryburgh started her closing spherical one shot behind Japan’s Momoko Ueda, who was aiming to finish a wire-to-wire victory and win this match for a 3rd time after earlier triumphs in 2007 and 2011. Nonetheless, the house favorite stumbled to a two-over 74 to complete in a tie for fifth, eight strokes behind champion Drybugh, who carded a bogey-free 65 in Shiga.
The Aberdeen-born participant birdied the fourth and seventh holes, earlier than additionally choosing up positive factors at 11, 13, 14, 15 and 18 as she completed on 20 underneath par for the match and have become the third British winner on the LPGA Tour in a little bit over a month, following latest wins by Charley Hull and Jodi Ewart Shadoff.
Dryburgh, who’s the primary Scottish participant to win on the LPGA Tour since Catriona Matthew in 2011, mentioned: “It’s a little bit overwhelming, because it has been a dream for a very long time and numerous onerous work has gone into this. It means a lot, as it’s a life-changing win. I used to be nervous, I’m not going to lie, however I used to be additionally extremely calm and centered on my respiration.”