In the week before the Women’s British Open at Royal Troon, Leona Maguire produced a strong showing among her LET and LPGA peers with a T18 placed finish at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open.
With just 15 players finishing under par at the Renaissance Club Maguire’s one-over par tally stacks up very well and having opened with rounds of 72, 72 and 71 on the par 71 circuit she saved her best for last with a closing round of 70 which could have been even better had she not bogeyed her final hole.
There was a nail-biting finish at the business end of things with a four-way playoff deciding the eventual winner, American Stacy Lewis, who holed a 20+ footer for birdie on the first playoff hole to give the two-time Major winner her first title in three years.
Lewis, started the final round one stroke off the lead held by Spain’s Azahara Munoz who had a nightmare front nine of 40 strokes which included two bogeys and a double bogey on the par 3 6th. Munoz returned in two-under and holed a clutch putt on the 18th to make the playoff alongside Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen and America’s Cheyenne Knight.
But the plaudits went to Lewis who picked up the winners cheque for $225k and she commented; “My husband said Chesnee (her daughter) was hitting the TV with her plastic clubs when I made that putt. So it’s just pretty cool. I just can’t wait to get home with them in a week or so to celebrate.”
In even more positive news, East Lothian Foodbank based in Tranent, has been the official charity of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open. The foodbank, which provides emergency food to people in crisis and feeds over 6,000 local people each year, benefited to the tune of £27,000 as the Official Charity of the 2020 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club.