The LPGA Tour heads to Scotland this week ahead of next week’s British Open, with a strong field taking part in the Scottish Open.
World number one from South Korea So Yeon Ryu and Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, ranked number two, have arrived at the Dundonald Links course in Ayrshire determined to get accustomed to links course golf ahead of the next major on the women’s calendar.
The two have enjoyed contrasting fortunes in recent weeks, with Ryu hitting form, while Jutanugarn has suffered a slump that coincided with her reaching the dizzy heights of world number one.
Ryu, with three top 15 finishes in her last three starts, including a win at the Arkansas Championship and a T8 at the recent US Women’s Open, said she is looking forward to challenge.
“I think on a links golf course, it’s very different than other any golf course, and you have to get used to it,” Ryu told the LPGA website.
“Maybe only one week could be not enough time to get used to links-style golf course. But right now we’re playing the Scottish Ladies Open and then we’re going to play the British
Women’s Open next week, as well, so we have a lot of chance to get used to links-style golf course which is very unique, but I love it.”
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Jutanugarn, meanwhile, has suffered since reaching number one just seven weeks ago, with two missed cuts, a withdrawal and a T-22 seeing her lose top spot to Ryu.
“What I like about it, I think it’s hard. So it’s going to be really hard to make like low score because the greens are really firm and a lot of the greens, we have to do something else,” she said.
Former world number one Lydia Ko, now at number four, will be looking for her first win of the season after tying for 20th place at last week’s Marathon Classic.
Number seven ranked Chinese player Feng Shanshan and number eight Inbee Park of South Korea complete the lineup of top-10 ranked players.
Former US Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie is also taking part as she searches for the points that will earn her a spot in the Solheim Cup.