Gemma Dryburgh celebrates ‘life-changing’ success in Japan

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The 29-year-old has become the first Scot to win on the LPGA Tour since Catriona Matthew in 2011.
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November 6, 2022
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Gemma Dryburgh claimed her first LPGA title on Sunday (AP/PA)

Gemma Dryburgh celebrated a “life-changing win” after a superb final round of 65 propelled her to a first LPGA title at the Toto Japan Classic.

The 29-year-old Scot finished four shots clear of Japan’s Kana Nagai after home favourite and overnight leader Momoko Ueda faded badly on the final day, with a round of 74 dropping her into a share of fifth.

Dryburgh, who began the day one shot off the lead after also carding a 65 on Saturday, took full advantage of Ueda’s struggles with a run of four birdies in five holes helping her finish 20-under for the tournament, claiming the 300,000 US dollar (£264,000) prize.

“It is overwhelming, to be honest,” said Dryburgh, who becomes the first Scot to win on the LPGA since Catriona Matthew in 2011.

“It has been a dream for a long time and a lot of hard work has gone into this and it means so much as it is a life-changing win.

“I was surprisingly calm. When I’d dreamt of this moment, I thought I would be super nervous.

“I was nervous. I’m not going to lie. But I was incredibly calm, to be honest, and kind of focused on my breathing.”

JLPGA winner Nagai carded a 7-under 65, notching eight birdies to one bogey in her fourth appearance in the co-sanctioned even.

This was her career-best result in five starts on the LPGA Tour.

“Since many Japanese played well in the first 3 days, I tried to play in that mood. But, LPGA players finally came up on Sunday,” said Nagai, one of seven Japanese players among nine total tied for eighth and better. “I am really impressed that LPGA players played well even on the golf course which they are not used to.”

Sweden's Linn Grant finished third after a fourth-round 67, a new career-best result on Tour for the 2022 rookie.

“I think I did a good job, unfortunately had a bogey on the last is never fun, but up to that point I did my very best as much as I could,” said Grant. “Got some good game going, some putts, it was fun.

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2Kana Nagai-1668-70-69-65272
3Linn Grant-1569-70-67-67273
4Yuna Nishimura-1370-69-67-69275
T5Ayaka Furue-1266-71-70-69276
T5Miyu Yamashita-1267-68-69-72276
T5Momoko Ueda-1265-69-68-74276
T8Minami Katsu-1173-70-67-67277
T8Yuri Yoshida-1171-69-69-68277
T10Lilia Vu-1075-70-67-66278
T10Matilda Castren-1071-71-69-67278
T10Atthaya Thitikul-1071-67-73-67278
T10Pajaree Anannarukarn-1069-69-69-71278
T14Carlota Ciganda-969-71-70-69279
T14Wei-Ling Hsu-969-69-71-70279
T14Haruka Morita-971-71-66-71279
T14Saiki Fujita-971-66-69-73279
T14Jeongeun Lee6-969-68-69-73279
T14Sakura Koiwai-966-70-70-73279
T20Mao Nozawa-871-70-71-68280
T20Hye-Jin Choi-870-71-71-68280
T22Pauline Roussin-771-72-70-68281
T22Jenny Shin-770-70-73-68281
T22Shuri Sakuma-770-72-70-69281
T22Yuting Shi-768-72-71-70281
T22Ah-Reum Hwang-773-71-66-71281
T22Mone Inami-770-70-70-71281
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T28Miyu Goto-673-71-68-70282
T28Kana Mikashima-674-67-68-73282
T28Ai Suzuki-665-70-72-75282
T32Miyu Sato-571-76-68-68283
T32MinYoung2 Lee-573-68-73-69283
T32Pornanong Phatlum-574-72-65-72283
T32Chisato Iwai-570-68-71-74283
T36Nozomi Uetake-472-74-71-67284
T36Shoko Sasaki-470-75-71-68284
T36Alison Lee-470-72-74-68284
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T36Minjee Lee-472-69-73-70284
T36Narin An-469-70-75-70284
T36Mao Saigo-472-72-69-71284
T36Moriya Jutanugarn-470-71-70-73284
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T51Yuka Saso-173-79-70-65287
T51Yealimi Noh-172-71-76-68287
T51Pei-Ying Tsai-175-71-70-71287
T51Sophia Schubert-171-76-68-72287
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T51Kotone Hori-168-76-71-72287
T51Nana Suganuma-171-72-72-72287
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T58Ayako KimuraPar74-71-70-73288
T58Daniela DarqueaPar72-70-72-74288
T58Seon Woo BaePar69-74-70-75288
T58Jiyai ShinPar70-72-71-75288
T58Esther HenseleitPar70-70-73-75288
T64Marina Alex+174-74-72-69289
T64Angel Yin+175-70-73-71289
T64Stephanie Kyriacou+172-71-74-72289
T64Mami Fukuda+172-73-71-73289
T64Hinako Shibuno+175-69-72-73289
T64Nanna Koerstz Madsen+173-72-70-74289
T64Serena Aoki+173-72-70-74289
T64Lindsey Weaver-Wright+169-74-71-75289
T72Albane Valenzuela+272-75-69-74290
T72Patty Tavatanakit+271-71-74-74290
74Wichanee Meechai+377-73-68-73291
T75Ariya Jutanugarn+471-72-76-73292
T75Anna Nordqvist+471-77-70-74292
77Maria Fassi+673-71-74-76294
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TOTO Japan Classic 2022

Date: November 3rd - 6th 2022

Location: Seta Golf Course, Shiga, Japan

Purse: $2,000,000

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