Maguire tunes up for Women’s Open with 68 in Scotland

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Leona Maguire (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Leona Maguire saved her best round of the week ’til last, signing off with a four-under 68 at the Women’s Scottish Open as her attention now shifts to the AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie.

The Cavan professional was on-song for much of Sunday’s final round at Dumbarnie Links, firing six birdies amongst two dropped shots with her seven-under par tally good enough for a top-15 finish.

Maguire hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation but needed 31 putts, and after needing 32 stabs of the short-blade on Saturday, she’ll be hoping the putter hots up in time for Major action on Thursday as the rookie continues to chase a maiden Tour win.

At the top, Ryann O’Toole won her first LPGA Tour event in 228 starts, closing with a bogey-free eight-under 64 for a three-shot victory on Sunday. After tapping in for a closing par, the 34-year-old O’Toole was showered with champagne and greeted with a kiss by her fiancee, Gina Marra.

“I still feel like I’m in shock and the tears are going to come later when things die down,” O’Toole said. “I’m excited and happy. The hours and grind and heartache this sport brings, the constant travel, for this moment, I hope it only happens again and again.”

O’Toole finished at 17-under 271. With the wind down and plentiful sunshine, Lydia Ko closed with a course-record 63 to post 14 under, tying for second with Atthaya Thitikul (66).

“I putt pretty well today and hit a pretty solid round today, 6-under, but at least it’s not enough for the win,” Thitikul said. “I just know that I tried my best and I’m proud of myself already.”

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