Shaved 7 strokes off final round to finish runner-up
South Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim shaved seven strokes off her final round score to earn her second runner-up finish of the season.
Hyojoo Kim fired a 7-under 65 in the final round of the Freddie Mac Group Scottish Women’s Open on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour at Dundonald Links (par-72) in Ayrshire, Scotland, on Sunday (July 7).
Kim’s seven birdies gave her a final total of 13-under-par 275 and a share of second place, two strokes behind the leader.
It was her second runner-up finish of the season after the ShopRite Classic in June and her seventh top-10 finish of the year.
After starting the final round in a tie for ninth place, seven shots behind Celine Boutier (FRA), Kim slowly made up ground.
After birdies on the third (par-5) and fifth (par-5), Kim birdied the eighth (par-4) to move into the lead.
After birdieing the 11th (par-3), Kim birdied the 13th (par-4) and 14th (par-5).
After Boutierre bogeyed the 14th and 16th (par-4), Kim birdied the 18th (par-5) to close to within one stroke of Boutierre.
But Boutier birdied the 17th (par-4) and parred the 18th to end the match.
Kim, who had eight birdies by the 15th to take the lead, finished tied for fourth at 11-under par 277.
She bogeyed the 16th and 18th holes for a 6-under 66 in the final round.
Boutier, who entered the final round with a three-stroke lead, carded four birdies and two bogeys for a 2-under 70 and a final total of 15-under 273.
It was his second straight victory after winning the Amundi Evian Championship last week. It was the third time this season that Boutier, who also won the Drive-On Championship in March, stood atop the leaderboard.
Boutier was one stroke behind Patti Thanatawakit (THA) after five holes, but birdies on the sixth (par-3) and ninth (par-4) gave her some respite.
Boutier, who also birdied the 13th, faltered a bit late in the round but managed to hold onto the lead.
Thanatawakit could not make up any ground after a double bogey on the 15th (par-3) and a bogey on the 16th (par-4).
Yin Luning (CHN), who fired a final round 6-under 66, finished in third place with a final total of 12-under 276.
Ji-Eun Shin (CHN), who shot a 5-under 67 in the final round, is tied for 16th at 7-under 281.
Im Hyang was tied for 24th (4-under par 284) 스포츠토토 and Lee Jeong-eun tied for 28th (3-under par 285).