• 26-year-old denies Norway's Suzann Pettersen
• "I've been playing consistent golf since the start of the year"
REBECCA ARTIS | LADIES' SCOTTISH OPEN
Rebecca Artis came from six strokes to claim her second Ladies European Tour title at the Ladies’ Scottish Open.
The Australian shot a six-under-par 66 - the lowest round of the tournament - in blustery, drizzly conditions at Dundonald Links to finish on six-under-par and two shots ahead world No.7 Pettersen. England’s Holly Clyburn ended two shots further back in third ahead of Klara Spilkova and world No.2 Lydia Ko.
“Sometimes you fight all your life to try and get that first win and sometimes the second win is maybe even harder,” said Artis, 26, who won her first title at the Helsingborg Open in Sweden two years ago.
“I’ve been playing some really consistent golf since the start of the year, putting myself in contention week in, week out. I knew that with the conditions the way they were predicted to be today that if I went out and played some solid golf, then I wouldn’t be far away.
Rebecca Artis fired three birdies in a row from the 12th hole.
“I’ve got my coaches over here from Australia, Gary and Luke Edwin. Whenever they’re around I feel like I go to a new confidence level with my overall game.”
Artis birdied the par-5 third and then double-bogeyed the short fourth in the final round, after hitting her tee shot right with a 5-iron, but she immediately recovered with back to back birdies on the fifth and sixth, before picking up another shot at the eighth.
“To come back and birdie five and six straight after that was huge to get the momentum back on track and not let it bother me,” said Artis, who made four further birdies on the back nine. She fired three in a row from the 12th and chipped in from ten metres on 16.
Moments later, Pettersen bogeyed 16 to drop one behind the lead and, needing to birdie the par-5 last to tie, she then sent her ball into the burn guarding the green with her second shot from 200 yards, resulting in a costly bogey.
“I played pretty well today and gave myself a lot of chances. It was not on the easy side. For Artis to shoot 66, definitely deserves to win,” said the Norwegian.
“I had my chances. I bogeyed 16 and had a look at 17 after two great shots. 18 I miscalculated. It was more into and the ball spun up on me. I had to give it a go. Eagle would win it, birdie would tie. It’s fine.”
"That was the big thing: to get more experience playing links golf" - Lydia Ko
Despite keeping pace with Pettersen throughout the final day, Clyburn was disappointed with a 74, containing three bogeys on the back nine. “Tee to green I was fantastic and up to par with Suzann but didn’t putt very well,” she said.
Ko was happy enough with her 74 and said: “I think it was good preparation for the RICOH Women’s British Open . I don’t know what the weather will bring next week but that was the big thing: to get more experience playing links golf. I think it was great.”
Pamela Prestwell was the best of the Scots in the field, finishing in a tie for eighth.
Rebecca Artis :: Did you know...
Formerly Rebecca Flood, Rebecca Artis married her long-term partner and caddie Geoff Artis in February 2012.