NSW’s Rebecca Artis came from six strokes behind Norway’s 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’ve been playing some really consistent golf since the start of the year, putting myself in contention week in, week out. 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 had already qualified for the Ricoh Women’s British Open and her parents, who are flying over from Australia to watch her play, will have a pleasant surprise when they land in the United Kingdom.
In the meantime, with a cheque for 75,000 euros, Artis and her husband Geoff, who is her full-time caddie, will be able to celebrate the victory a day after his 31st birthday.