Artis lifts Scottish Open title at Dundonald

Rebecca Artis
Rebecca Artis

Australian Rebecca Artis came from six strokes behind Suzann Pettersen to claim her second Ladies European Tour title at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open.

Artis shot a six under par 66 – the lowest round of the tournament - in blustery, drizzly conditions at Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire to finish on six under par and two shots ahead of Pettersen, the world number seven.

England’s Holly Clyburn ended two shots further back in third ahead of Klara Spilkova and world number two, 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, from Coonabarabran, who won in similar conditions at the Helsingborg Open in Sweden two years ago when she came from five strokes behind Caroline Hedwall with a final round of 69.

“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.

“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-five 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 10 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.