Ryann O’Toole started winning her first LPGA Tour event in 228, concluding a three-shot victory at Dumbarnie Links in the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open on Sunday.
After calling in for a lock couple, 34-year-old O’Toole was flooded with champagne and greeted with a kiss by her fiancé, Gina Marra.
“I still feel like I’m in shock and the tears are going to come later when things die,” O’Toole said. “I’m excited and happy. The hours and grind and sadness that this sport brings, the constant journey, for this moment, I hope it just happens again and again.”
O’Toole finished at 17-under 271. With the wind and plenty of sunshine, Lydia Ko finished with a track record of 63 to 14-under, finishing second with Atthaya Thitikul (66).
“I did pretty well today and scored a pretty solid round, 6 under, but at least that’s not enough for the win,” Thitikul said. “I just know I tried my best and I’m already proud of myself.”
O’Toole starts the day tied for the lead at 9 under Ariya Jutanugarn and Charley Hull, and the American took the lead with birdies on three of her first four holes.
Thitikul tied with O’Toole tied with a birdie on the par-3 sixth, but O’Toole came back with a birdie on the par-4 ninth to turn in 31st. She retains her advantage through the back nine and finishes with eight birdies, including all four par-5s.
“I tried not to look at the rankings,” O’Toole said. “I tried to just rely on my caddy to guide me whether we should lie down or get aggressive, be patient, or more. I first saw 18 that Lydia was not far away, and I could see when I was the bird at 17 that there must have been a gap because people were cheering, and I said, OK, I clearly can ‘t mess it up too badly right now. “
O’Toole is teaming up with a new caddy, Michael Curry, after her previous runner retired to the Evian Championships. She said she was also considering retiring.
“I’m getting married in December, and OK, ticking my watch. I want kids. Like, how long am I going to be here? I thought this year would be my last year,” O’Toole said. said. “I never wanted to be a mom on tour, as far as having a child and doing it all. It does not sound nice to me. But at the same time I do not know if I can stop playing golf now. . “
She gets emotional when she celebrates the victory with Marra.
“It’s so nice to be able to share it and to be myself there and greet her on the green and just live in a world that I’m not afraid to hide it,” O’Toole said. .
Jutanugarn shot 68 and finished at 13 under, and Hull was another shot back to her fourth consecutive 69. Ally Ewing, who will represent the U.S. for the second time this fall in the Solheim Cup, agrees with Ko’s 63 and finishes at 11 below.
O’Toole made the Solheim Cup team as a rookie in 2011 and won 2-0-2 in her matches, but her best tournament in 11 LPGA tour seasons was third, most recently in 2018.
The LPGA stays in Scotland next week for the British Open for Women at Carnoustie, the last major championship of the year.
Five players have secured places in the British Open field, thanks to their finishes on Dumbarnie: Kelsey MacDonald, Whitney Hillier, Karolin Lampert, Haeji Kang and Prima Thammaraks.