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Mi Hyang Lee staged a stunning fightback to win the Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links – having been nine shots off the lead at the halfway stage.

The 24-year-old world No.49 from South Korea carded a final round 66 to win by a stroke from the 54-hole co-leader Karrie Webb and compatriot Mi Jung Hur on a dramatic final day in North Ayrshire.

It was a third professional win for Lee, who claimed both the LET’s New Zealand Women’s Open and the LPGA’s Mizuno Classic in 2014.

“This was a really a surprise for me,” she said afterwards. “My front nine was amazing.”

It certainly was. Lee made six birdies against a bogey in her first nine holes to catch Webb, before closing with a birdie on 18 for a 72-hole total of 282, six-under-par.

While Hur set the clubhouse target with her own 66, Webb was two strokes ahead of the chasing pack after chipping-in for eagle on the long 14th. However, she then sensationally dropped three strokes in two holes. 

The Hall of Famer uncharacteristically three-putted 16 and then hit her tee shot into a deep pot bunker on the 17th fairway, from where she had to play out backwards, only to find another bunker with her third shot, running up a costly double-bogey.

The Aussie needed to hole a greenside bunker shot for eagle on the final hole to force a play-off, but could only get up-and-down for birdie and a final round of 73, handing the victory to her South Korean playing partner.

Cristie Kerr, playing alongside Lee and Webb in the final group, finished in a share of fourth alongside Carlota Ciganda of Spain.

Carly Booth was the pick of the Scots, finishing in a tie for 31st.  

The attention now shifts to this week’s RICOH Women’s British Open, which starts at Kingsbarns Golf Links in Fife on Thursday.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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