Stephanie Meadow will take a little bit of momentum into next week’s AIG Women’s Open after moving up the leaderboard on the final day at Dundonald Links but will be frustrated she only finished inside the top-40.
The Galgorm touring pro turned in a second consecutive two-under 70 on the weekend to finish the tournament at five-under-par and in a share of 38th, and she will head to Muirfield will a small spring in her step.
But it could have been much better for Meadow, who had birdied five of her first 10 holes to get all the way up to eight-under-par and inside the top-30 and it looked like she had all the momentum behind her, only for her to bogey the par-five 14th and then double-bogey the par-four 17th.
It is still a positive finish for the 30-year-old, who will still head to Muirfield with a small spring in her step, however she will know she passed up a good opportunity to pick up some more valuable Race to CME Globe points in Scotland.
The spring in her step won’t be as big as Ayaka Furue’s, though, as the Japan star produced a record-breaking final round at Dundonald, ten birdies in an unbelievable 62 seeing her claim what was, in the end, a comfortable four shot win.
The 22-year-old started the day four shots behind Celine Boutier and Lydia Ko, but tore the course to shreds to waltz to her first LPGA Tour title at 21-under-par, with Boutier, Hyo Joo Kim and Cheyenne Knight finishing a distant runner-up.
Not only did Furue set a new course record with her 62, she also set the tournament scoring record and has surely elevated herself to among the favourites to win at Muirfield next week.