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On a calmer day at the Trust Golf Women's Scottish Open, it was Japan's Ayaka Furue who constructed a relentless display over Dundonald Links, as the 22-year-old carded 10 birdies and eight pars in an unbelievable performance.
The score of 62 was a new course record at the Scottish layout, with Furue coming from four shots back to claim a comfortable three shot victory and her first LPGA Tour title as players now move to Muirfield and the AIG Women's Open.
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Beginning four shots back of overnight leaders Celine Boutier and Lydia Ko, you may have been forgiven for thinking that it was going to be a shootout between two of the game's biggest stars.
A third of the way through the final round and it was still Boutier who led. However, her nearest rival was no longer Ko, but Furue, who was just beginning an epic run of birdies that started at the sixth and finished at the 11th.
Two shots was soon the advantage for the Japanese star, as Furue didn't hold up in her pursuit for a maiden LPGA Tour title. Just for good measure, the 22-year-old finished with back-to-back birdies to shoot a course record 62 and commanding clubhouse lead.
Needing to birdie in, Boutier three-putted the 16th hole, as she fell four shots back of the 22-year-old. In the end, the Frenchwoman finished in solo second, with a birdie at the last getting her to 18-under-par.
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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