South Korea’s Hur Mi-jung wins Scottish Open

LONDON (AFP) – South Korean Hur Mi-jung claimed her first LPGA Tour title in five years with a dominant four-shot victory at the Women’s Scottish Open last Sunday.

The world number 79 made five birdies on the back nine to fire a five-under-par final round of 66 and finish on a 20-under total in North Berwick.

Hur’s last LPGA victory came at the 2014 LPGA Classic, having won her maiden title five years before in the Safeway Classic.

It was her first success in 112 starts, and she became the seventh different South Korean to win on the LPGA Tour this year.

“Actually, I don’t like links courses, but after this week, I love them,” Hur, who was also the Scottish Open runner-up two years ago, told ladieseuropeantour.com.

Hur Mi-jung poses with the trophy after winning the Ladies Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. – AP

The 29-year-old thanked her Scottish caddie Gary Marshall for keeping her title bid on track despite difficult conditions.

“On the first day, I made a birdie and then two bogeys. Then he told me on the fourth hole, ‘Come on MJ, you can win this’,” Hur said.

“He said that again today on the fourth tee after I’d just made a three-putt, so that helped a lot.”

Overnight leader Moriya Jutanugarn could only manage a fourth-round 71 to finish in a tie for second with seventh-ranked Lee Jeongeun, as the Thai paid for a double-bogey on the second hole.

Moriya’s older sister and two-time major champion Ariya ended three shots further back in fifth place on 13-under, with Lee Mi-hyang taking fourth.

Australian world number four Minjee Lee followed her third-round 64 with a 67 to climb to tied-sixth alongside American Elizabeth Szokol and the Netherlands’ Anne van Dam.